Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Practical Ethics Association and its activities are provided here. Please read through them before making inquiries. (↓ Click a question to see the answer)
“Practical” means the act of applying theories and principles to actual actions. In addition, “ethics” refers to the norms by which people live a good life. By practicing ethics, we aim to realize a cheerful and energetic life and to build better human relationships. In short, the name “Practical Ethics” expresses our hope to solve problems and realize happiness by practicing ethics.
The Association does not make any distinction as to nationality, religion, or ideological beliefs. Anyone who agrees with the aims and activities of the Association is welcome to join.
This Association is not a religion. We are a social education organization that aims to realize a society in which all people can live happily together through the establishment of bright and healthy families. Naturally, there is no doctrine that we must believe in, nor any God that we must worship. There is just the know-how to make our own life better. The basis of our activities is for each member to learn from our know-how and put it into practice by themselves in order to improve their own lives.
Please contact your nearest venue or regional office, and a member will deliver the monthy bulletin “Rimpuu” to you. If there is no venue in your area, or if you wish to purchase the bulletin directly, please contact the Head Office. We will send it to you by post.
As stated in the Five Resolutions (Morning Resolutions), the Association pledges to “neither speak ill of others, nor boast about ourselves.” Even if the accusation is based on a misunderstanding, we believe that we should not point out their fault or contest it. We hope that our publications, including the Practical Ethics Course, will help you to understand the true meaning of the Association's purposes and objectives.
It is true that we practice accepting the other person's speech with an affirmative “yes.” It is a practice of listening to the other person's words and trying to think from the other person's point of view, rather than denying the other person from the start and asserting your own view. Only when you fully understand the other person's feelings and what they are trying to say, can you give a truly free opinion that is not self-serving. On that basis, you are of course free to express your opinion.
The word “abandonment” may be misleading and some people incorrectly take it to mean neglecting a child or leaving them alone. The concept of “abandonment parenting” that we advocate is to “abandon”the selfish imposition of over-protection and over-interference by parents, and to respect children's natural development. We are born with the power to live a better life. We lovingly “observe” our children so that they can grow up with this power. Patiently “wait” for the child to stand up on their own. Then “stay close” to the child's heart. This is the practical ethics of “abandonment parenting,” or “observant parenting,” which develops the wonderful qualities that children naturally possess.
In general, children are to learn the rules, manners, and social skills of society from their fathers, and grow in the comfort of unconditional love from their mothers. However, we all have both paternal and maternal sides in ourselves. In modern society, the number of single-parent families is increasing, and in fact, there are many parents who have successfully raised their children by playing both roles. We can learn both paternal and maternal aspects from the teachings of love and harmony between husband and wife in practical ethics, and this should be a way of raising children that can show them we are doing our best as parents and draw out the power to live a good life.
All the activities of the Association, including the morning meetings, are completely left to the voluntary will and judgment of each member. We encourage you to participate as often as you desire, even once a week or once a month, at your own convenience. Participation is not mandatory. We believe that the teachings of Practical Ethics can be learned by anyone, anytime, anywhere, and are meaningful only when practiced in daily life.