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Message for the New Year 2018

Editor: Toru Nakagawa (Professor Emeritus, Osaka Gakuin University), Jan. 15, 2018

Posted on Jan.   , 2018
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Message (Toru Nakagawa, Jan. 15, 2018)

Greetings from Japan for a Happy New Year 2018!!  Wish the year be peaceful in the World, and healthy, happy, and successful for you all.
(Sorry to be so late in greeting you.)

It is a tradition in Japan to send post cards for celebrating a new year.  In the Japanese page of this site I posted my New Year post card, which I sent to my friends whom I met before my TRIZ days (Note: To those I got acquainted in relation to TRIZ, I do not send post cards, because this Home Page is more useful).  Here is the card in Japanese:


Please allow me to address the same message in English translation to you, because I am saying/writing almost the same thing (for months and years).

Happy New Year 2018 !!

Since my retirement of OGU in 2012, I have been continuing my research and proliferation activities on the methodologies of creative problem solving.  I am trying to extend application areas of the methodology from technolgies to social/human areas.



At the base of social problems related to poverty, we find the conflicts in arguments for self-responsivility and for mutual help.  And further down at the root, I have found the 'Principal Contradiction of Human Culture', as show in the figure (right).  The two Principal Principles 'Liberty' and 'Love' do conflict everywhere.  'Ethics' is supposed to motivate and coordinate the two Principles, but it should overcome the basic inclination of 'Obedience' in old 'Morals' and stand on the basis of dignity and essencial equality of every person.  The three Principal Principles, i.e. Liberty, Love, and Ethics, should be establlished in every person and every organization/society. 

(Swallows at my home, after 20 years of interval; Flight demonstration on the day before leaving the nest)


The swallows in the photo show naturally and sincerely 'Liberty, Love, and Ethics'.


I wish you all for your health and success, and for a peaceful new year.


January 1st, 2018  Toru Nakagawa


The figure and the picture used in the card are shown here again enlarged:

The figure is a slide shown in my presentation at Japan TRIZ Symposium 2017 and ETRIA TFC 2017; see the page (Sept. 28, 2017)


The photo of swallows was posted in my article: Photo Album: Baby Swallows at My Home (Photo and Edit: Toru Nakagawa) (Jul. 18, 2017).  Under the eaves of my home at Kashiwa, located about 25 km north-east of Tokyo city center, a pair of swallows came back to the old nest after an interval of about 20 years and raised 4 youngsters.  Parents demonstrated repeatedly how to fly on the day before of leaving the nest. 

I realized, when I inserted this photo in my New Year Card, that the swallows teach and learn, through this flight demenostration, 'Liberty, Love, and Ethics' quite naturally and with all their sincerity.  Not only swallows but all the plants and animals in the world are living naturally and fully with their 'Liberty, Love, and Ethics', even though they do not use such words. And I realized that 'Liberty, Love, and Ethics' are the guiding principles for all the living things to live together on the Earth.  Such guiding principles have been established through the evolution of lives of all the living things.  Human Culture has been successful to clarify the concepts of such guiding principles in our words, but at the same time has been troubled in the contradictions which emerge, in Human Culture among those guiding principles.


Editor's Note, PS (Jan. 24, 2018):  It would be desirable to sumarize my activities in the last year and my vision/plan for the coming year.  But I am going to skip them, because I have written parts of them at various other places. 


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