A Path to Peace: Knowing Enough Is EnoughCulture
Appreciating when one has enough (知足; chisoku) and being satisfied with one’s circumstances (安分; anbun) come together in the phrase 知足安分 (chisoku anbun). The idea is that accepting one’s current situation is the path to everyday peace.
There is no end to desire, whether for food, material goods, fame, or sexual fulfilment. When we begin to want something, we lose all sense of control. Satisfy one desire and a new longing is born. It is not uncommon for people to be unable to find contentment and tormented by a constant sense of unease, no matter what riches they accumulate.
Trees are healthier and more graceful when expertly trimmed than when they are left to grow wild. It is the same with human desire. By controlling our wants, we can live more tranquil, contented lives.
Cast of Characters
Noriko, a selfish junior high school student
Kōji, her father
The End(Originally published in Japanese on June 5, 2017. Manga by Mokutan Angelo.)