History And Narrative Of The Enlightenment Essay

1036 Words Nov 30th, 2016 5 Pages
During the era of Meiji Japan, Japan opened its doors and became influenced by societies like Europe. In Sanshirō: a Novel by Natsume Sōseki, Japan became influenced by Europe’s ideas of individuality and humanism. The people in Meiji Japan believed and accepted to a great extend the European narrative of the Enlightenment of humanism, people being seen as a human who determine their own destiny, individuality, which meant people do what is in their self-interest, people were logical and rational to do things that benefited them, and innovation of new technology and ideas.
As Professor Eacott discussed in the lecture on October nineteenth, creation and 6 innovation can be done in other ways more than education. However, the history and narrative of the Enlightenment by the Europeans is to learn the light and spread the light by means of knowing how to read and write, having an education, reading books, and creating knowledge. As an example, Professor Eacott explained how UC’s such as University of California Riverside, are built based on a European model “Let There Be Light” (Eacott). This UC logo is stating that knowledge and books are indeed the way to the light and to a better future. But, as mentioned before, education is not the only way to the light. In Sanshirō, Sanshirō is on his way to Tokyo, excited to attend a university and “meet famous scholars, associate with students of taste and breeding, do research in the library, write books” and most of all “society…

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