Friday, August 18, 2006

Worth reading: Yamashita's Last Words

Sculpture of General Yamashita Tomoyuki.
Photo taken at Memories at Old Ford Factory, Singapore.

There is a lot that we can learn from the lessons in history, if we take time to reflect on these.

While I was reading one of the posts from, I came to know of an article by Yuki Tanaka. The article is titled Last Words of the Tiger of Malaya, General Yamashita Tomoyuki.

These are words of General Yamashita Tomoyuki caught my eye:

It is not enough for a mother to think only about how to keep her children alive. She should raise them to be able to live independently, cope with various circumstances, love peace, appreciate cooperation with others and have a strong desire to contribute to humanity when they grow up.

I personally don't think it is just the responsibility of the mother to do so. It should be the responsibility of the parents, and the rest of the community.

Anyway, the article is worth a read, even if it looks fairly lengthy.

To read the full article, please click on the link on the right: Last Words of the Tiger of Malaya, General Yamashita Tomoyuki.


pinkie said...

kinda ironic for him to mention about humanity?

oceanskies79 said...

These were his last words, sometime after he was held in captive, and about to be hanged.

Simple American said...

Interesting thoughts. And from a brutal warrior too.

Hope I succeed.

oceanskies79 said...

SA: Just remember that the part on raising your children is not solely your responsibility. It is a community's effort.