Being One Of A Kind - Basic Components

First of all, in Shintoism, every single person, regardless of races, is believed to have a divided soul of the Creator God and his/her personality is similar to one of the Forty-Eight Deities that support the Creator God.  If this is true, the Creator God is the one who created individual characters and, therefore, it must be important for a person to respect his or her existence and to do much as he/she could for the society and for the people.  As far as I know, there was a time in Japan that people feel safe and relieved when they did the same things as others did and when they were told that they were quite similar to someone else. However, things have been changed and people started to value individualism, as Shintoism says, to respect one’s existence and these precious individuals create rich and diversified culture in some countries.  However, one thing to note is that individualism and egotism are totally different and these should not be mistakenly regarded as the same thing. 

I wonder if how many of you thought about what your uniqueness is in detail.  There will be no person exactly like you in this world but there might be someone who is quite similar to you.  By confirming who we are, we would be able to know our uniqueness and identity.  Once you know who we are, how to communicate about us would be the next important thing.

Now, basic components of us are 1) appearance, 2) character, 3) strength and limitations, 4) creed in your life, 5) academic and career background.  Now, let’s just forget about our academic and career background for a second and think about our innermost attitudes because academic and career backgrounds are comparatively easy to find out by simply jotting down what you did as I mentioned before.  In order to find 1) through 4) quickly and concisely, let’s assume that we’re under an extreme situation.

I guess many of you have heard about the story of Noah’s Ark.  The flood washed everything on earth and only a few animals and Noah’s family survived.  Let’s assume a similar thing happens now and a few people survived in a small island.  These people are not necessarily from the same country as you used to belong to and you are trying to introduce yourself to the people who do not know anything about you.  If you are Japanese, think about the probability of meeting Japanese.  The population of Japan is 1.28 Billion in 2011 (World Bank) and the one of the World is 68.6 billion in 2011 (WHO).  Only 1% of the world population is Japanese people.  In other words, the probability for me, if I survive, to meet a Japanese person is almost Zero after the flood.  It does not matter which school you graduated from or where you worked before.  I would say the only things that I would care under such circumstances would be how to survive without anything: no house, money, or job.  It would be more meaningful to let others know my character and what I can do to make a living together.        

For example, if one used to be a salaried person before the flood, he/she would say “I look like a strict person but actually I am very gentle, social and cheerful.  I always try to think about what I can do for others.  However, as I am not good at communicating with others, people tend to think that I am not a social person.  Please give me an advice whenever necessary as I will try to sincerely listen to it.”  It’s a short message but conveys the four components: strict appearance, gentle/social/cheerful character, the creed in life to do whatever can be done for others, poor communication skills as shortcoming and sincere acceptance of others’ advice as strength.  Once this short sentence is completed, then next step is to deep dive each item.  Then, you will be able to explain about yourself holistically and consistently.  Then later, simply adding what you can provide.  Using the example of Noah’s Ark, carpenters and fishermen would add sentences as “I know how to build a house,” and “I know how to catch fish”, respectively.

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