At Sol, one part of the wall is painted in magenta.
This color, discovered by Goethe, is a combination of red and violet,
which respectively are the lowest and highest colors of the visible spectrum.
Red is most heavy with long wavelengths signifying Roughness.
Violet is light with short wavelengths signifying Delicateness.
Hence, in Japan, violet is commonly used to represent the highest rank.
The words, “reason is formed by the height of culture and the height of animality” represent this ideology;
when the extremities of the vulgar and the refined exist, instead of combining both and diving it in half,
it is the intuition of going both directions simultaneously.
This is what is referred to as the Middle Way in Buddhism, meaning when exact opposites exist,
one does not take what is in the center but encloses them both.
Sol’s aim to synthesize the man-made, contemporary and western, with the natural, antique and eastern,
alludes to the meaning of the color magenta, which signifies a mixture of opposite colors.
Thus, magenta is the symbol of the Middle Way.

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もともと社員が少なく仕事もハードな職場なんですが、ある一人の社員が辞めたことがきっかけで、同僚が次々に辞めていきます。だんだん心細くなって、私も辞めようかどうしようか迷っています。どうすればいいでしょうか?

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辞めれば?みんなが辞めるから辞めようか迷ってるの?違うわよね?そもそも、やってる仕事量に対して、会社から自分への評価が低い、と感じてるわよね?そのある1人は、そんなの納得いかない、と先導切ったんじゃない?アンタは、アタシが辞めれば会社に迷惑が掛かるって思ってるかもしれないけど、社員のモチベーションを上げれないのは会社の問題よ。人に給料決められてんじゃないわよ。自分の人生、自分の給料くらい自分で決めなさい。どうやって収入作るのか、自分で考えなさい。それが生きるってことよ。

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