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The concept of freedom

Margaret Thatcher is supposed to have said that there was no such thing as society. On the other hand, many sociologists think that there is no such thing as complete freedom. This is an argument in the context of economics and sociology. Political or legal freedom might be viewed from a different perspective.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." (http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/print... ) I think that this should not necessarily be regarded as a religious view, although there is a religious word "creator" contained in the passage. This can be regarded as a political statement related to the concept of freedom.

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Reading English textbooks for high-school students

When I was young, most of the students in Japan started learning English at the age of twelve. I should have kept the textbooks that I used in junior-high school and high school, but I threw them away. When I was about forty years old, I followed Masao Kunihiro's advice "Repeating Reading aloud(只管朗読)"; I got English textbooks for high-school students that were used as authorized textbooks in Japanese schools. The title of the books I bought was "The Crown English Series."

In book II, which is, I suppose, written for sixteen-year-old students, you can read passages from "I Believe" by Bertrand Russell, some from "Momo" by Michael Ende, some from "Japanese and Americans" by Edward Seidensticker, etc.

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