Concentration

So, I’ve been thinking about concentration a lot today. Mostly, because I’ve noticed that when talking, we all have a tendency (sometimes) to only talk about what WE want to talk about at the moment.

For instance, imagine that you’re talking to someone about a video game. They’re telling you how good the game is, and you seem a little ambivalent about it. It’s not your cup of tea (either the specific game, or gaming itself). The person gets really animated about the game, discussing the good points.

You both end up moving on in conversation and part way through a sentence, the other person cuts you off, reverting back to the previous topic. They talk straight over you, not bothered about what your saying.

It can be said that this person lacked concentration. Instead of concentrating on what you where saying, or indeed the new topic of conversation, they ploughed ahead and continued to talk about what they wanted to talk about.

This can’t be good. You might find yourself wondering if they take the same, seemingly, flippant attitude to all aspects of life. If they do, they may end up getting lots of people upset with them, or they might start a job or project and give up a few steps into it.

I know many people like this. And while I reserve myself to thinking that I shall never attempt to change anyone (‘what business is it of mine?‘), I will relate this following story to you.

A warrior once talked with Ieyasu Tokugawa about avoiding injury in battle. Here is what Ieyasu Tokugawa said:

When facing the enemy, of course it is like being in the dark. But if at that time I tranquillise my mind, it becomes like a night being lit by a pale moon. If I begin my attack from that  point, I feel as though I will not be wounded.

Although I’m using this quote allegorically, I think that it is a genuine piece of philosophical genius. Reading this, you can see why the Tokugawa ruled over Japan for as long as they did.

集中力

I figured that, since I’m trying to learn more and more Japanese vocabulary, that I’d include this word as well (‘it may even become a new feature of my posts‘).

Now then, the above three characters can be read:

集 – しゅう [Shu] “To gather”

中 – うちゅう [Uchu] “Inside”

力 – うりょく [Uryoku] “Power”

Transliterating these three characters, we can see that the Japanese meaning for the word “Concentration” means “To gather inner strength”

I don’t know about you, but I find that quite interesting, and rather telling.

J

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Jamie is a .NET developer specialising in ASP.NET MVC websites and services, with a background in WinForms and Games Development. When not programming using .NET, he is either learning about .NET Core (and usually building something cross platform with it), speaking Japanese to anyone who'll listen, learning about languages, writing for this blog, or writing for a blog about Retro Gaming (which he runs with his brother)


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Jamie is a .NET developer specialising in ASP.NET MVC websites and services, with a background in WinForms and Games Development. When not programming using .NET, he is either learning about .NET Core (and usually building something cross platform with it), speaking Japanese to anyone who'll listen, learning about languages, writing for this blog, or writing for a blog about Retro Gaming (which he runs with his brother)

  • Hi Jamie,

    Interesting blog you are running here! Great to see you diving into the Japanese language and history.
    I studied Japanese back in the nineties but still remember bits and pieces. It’s a great language. The way you explained concentration is very nice, thanks.
    Also thanks for subscribing to my travel blog!
    Emiel

    • Thank you for your comment.

      I’ve been learning Japanese for 5 years now (studied for 4 years with a tutor, and am always on the hunt for more vocabulary). I’m using it to learn more about Japan’s history, too. My favourite period being the Heian to Sugoku periods (794-ish to 1575-ish), a lot of interesting people and thought came out of the period.

      I yearn to travel back to Japan, soon. It’ll be the best place to study the language and history, I feel. Better than studying from a book, or (on rare occasions) The Internet. I can’t seem to find any experts in these fields who I can sit and chat with. Ah, well.

      Again, thank you for your comment.

      J

  • post not working in firefox

    • Strange. I wrote it using FireFox (admittedly on Linux), but it should work

      Tested the post on IE6, FireFox 3+ and Google Chromium (latest from Canonical) on Windows and Linux.
      Maybe your browser crashed when opening the post? Have you enabled character encoding to detect Japanese/Unicode?