"調和(Harmony)"

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I spent this morning on supervising test takers, which was half-day job mere for this moring. They were pupils in the 5th grade. I was asked by a girl during the Japanese test; what this word, "調和(Harmony)" means. At that moment I considered deeper than she would expect. I come up with such ideas as the harmony with the environment, between races and between body and soul. But I turned back at once to the idea what she would like to know, and I just told her that I couldn't answer such a kind of questions and to think for herself.

On a train, on the way back, I remembered this conversation. I thought what would it be that adults or books by them teach children what these words means, such as "Society," "Rules," and of course "Harmony" any words. Every word has its fixed category. As children learns the meaning of each words we use, they learn the real world provided in front of them, on the other hand, they would be losing their own way of thinking and imaging. I know large vocabulary enable us to express our thoughts all the better and think in more logical and complex way. I suppose it is important as well to think abstractly and out of fixed logical way where most people think, which might give us a wonderful idea or impression.

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