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Konosuke Matsushita on Human Development

8. Human Beings Are Diamonds in the Rough

I believe that, in principle, human beings are endowed with the capacity for unlimited prosperity, unlimited peace, and unlimited happiness.

However, although human beings may be blessed with those essential qualities, it is human beings themselves who fail to display those qualities properly and who end up destroying them.

It is human beings who fail to let themselves display their true essential qualities.

If Iím right, then it should not be impossible to draw out those essential qualities.

It can be done.

Revealing those essential qualities is like polishing a rough diamond to transform it into a beautiful gem.

A rough diamond many look like an ordinary stone, but there is a basic difference.

It has essential qualities.

Polishing an ordinary stone will never make it a diamond.

If a stone has the essential qualities of a diamond, polishing it will produce a brilliant gem.

Human beings are similar.

The point is how you polish them.

Polishing a diamond is not easy; it takes considerable skill.

But a human being is incredibly more complex than a diamond.

So polishing the essential qualities of such a complicated thing as a human being is much more difficult than polishing a diamond.

However, as long as those essential qualities exist, successful polishing will allow prosperity, peace and happiness to shine forth.

So letís study how best to accomplish that polishing.

But this is not something we can do alone - everyone has to work together.

In that way, we will be able to discover the treasure we were meant to be.

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