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経済力と生活力 “Kezairyoku” and “Sekatsuryoku”

Today, I had a preparation meeting for a shooting with a men’s magazine. We talked about men’s “sekatsuryoku” . “Sekatsuryoku is the capacity to organize one’s own lifestyle on an harmonious way : cooking good food and presenting it well, doing household, decorating one’s interior with flowers, etc… In Japan, lots of men think that the most important aspect of a man’s life is “kezairyoku” which means the capacity to earn money and consider “sekatsuryoku” as secondary…

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Times are changing, we will be more and more asked to balance our masculine and feminine energy…Being able to cook good food, to present it well, to imagine a good background music to go with it, to think about the lighting, the atmosphere, etc… is not a woman’s stuff… it’s an human stuff… By cultivating a good “sekatsuryoku” we add something not only to ourselves but to our family, to our community, to our nation and to our human race.

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We are not animals. An animal just hunts and eats his preys without any need for preparation nor decoration. As humans, we must understand that every bit of attention we give to the details of our lives elevate the consciousness on this planet. Every time we feel satisfied by just warming some supermarket food in our microwave oven we regress one step in humanity.

This regression is not a ” moral regression”, it is not about becoming a “good man” or “an admirable man”, it is about “self consciousness”, it is about human evolution. The so called “Kingdom of God” is not somewhere outside, it is here and now where I am. The “Paradise” is not some beautiful land coming after death, it is now or never and it is not only related with “kezairyoku”.

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Coming back home after the meeting, I made a stop at the flower shop at the entrance of the station. I invested 350Yen to make a bouquet, a very simple one, only a flower and small branch…for me that’s enough to build my balance between “sekatsuryoku” and “keizairyoku”…It is my way to be the man I like to be, it is also my way to honor myself as an human being and this cost only 350Yen…good deal, no?