BeeOasis Step 3
It was much later that I finally learned what a dark age it was. It’s after you know the light that you recognize darkness. You cannot know darkness when you’re in the middle of it. Ayako Miura (1922-1999)
Up to the end of World War II, a young woman had spent seven years giving her students the strictest education. The school breathed a military spirit, and the students were well-trained, but if they got out of line, teachers would physically punish them without mercy.
Every morning the students would hear the call: “Let us adore the Emperor and worship him!” “Bow respectfully!” The teachers “were convinced that it was a glorious thing to die for the Emperor.” But after defeat, this young teacher realized that she had only been a tool in Japan’s military machine.
Without knowing it, she had been hiding the truth about the war from her students. She said, “Having taught lies to my students, my sins were too great… I would never ever believe in anything again.” She recognized her own confusion regarding right, wrong, truth, and deception. She felt that she had failed to teach her students anything of value. Her world had become a world of lies, and the lies had made her empty.
This teacher was Ayako Miura, the famous Japanese writer who published over ninety works of fiction and non-fiction. Her painful experiences gave her insight as a writer, but they did not end right after the war. Besides her feelings of hopelessness and failure from teaching, she also became very sick. In fact, she became so ill that…