Yukio Mishima ~ Needing Something to Live For

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“Human lives are mysterious in that human beings are not strong enough to live and die just for themselves. It is because human beings always think of living for some kind of ideal, and they soon get bored of living just for themselves. It is because of this that the need to die for something arises. That need is the “great cause” that people talked about in the past. Dying for a “great cause” was considered the most glorious, heroic, or brilliant way of dying. However there are no “great causes” now. This is natural because the democratic political system does not need “great causes”, but if we can not find values that go beyond thinking just for ourselves in our minds, we might come to think it to be meaningless to go on living.”

— Yukio Mishima

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