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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学問と勉強

  • DATE : 2013.05.13
  • Cat : Sol

昨日、真言宗の田村和尚より教えて頂いたこと。

学ぶとはまねぶこと、先ずは真似ることから始まる、というのはわりと有名な話ですが、更にもう一歩踏み込んで、学問としなければならない、と。

学んでなお問えるかどうか。

自らが問題意識を持って、自らがその答えを導き出せるかどうか。

それが学問。

それをできないから、勉強をさせられるのだと。

勉強=勉めて強いると書くわけで、自ら学問できないからこそ、他者から勉め強いられるということ。

勉強させられるのではなく、学問を致しましょう。

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