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Shoveling snow and more

So tonight I went to the "homecoming" dinner with my political science seminar class in university. There were as many as 80 former univ boys and girls, who were now in their mid 20s' to 40s'. It's amazing how one professor taught all these students for as long as 20 years.

Just like we were always, we are all "the social scientists" mentally who usually hide such pride in office. We work happilly for ourselves and for those whom we love. The ex-students work for diverse professions from NHK commentator, investment banker, marketing specialist for automobile industry, to bureaucrats living in Kasumigaseki neighbors.

We talk about diverse topics and here came to a question.

"What is social contribution?"

First one said it was a virtue. One said it was a self satisfaction. Another said once we define we did "social contribution", it was no longer a pure social contribution.

Last one said it was like a guy shoveling the snow from the walk, in the land of ultimate calmness and quietness. When an ex-student lived in northern part of Japan, he saw a man shoveling in a very early morning before sunrise or at night after sunset. No one knew what he did but the man didn't care. The man didn't care about any recognition and kept doing it every day.

A former student now in his 40s' felt shy being so serious and just laughed pouring more beer to his glass. A drank ex-student didn't just get drank but he did have such a good eye and a damn good point!
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by Haruka_Miki | 2007-01-27 00:00 |
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