御教え『健康と寿命』

「文明の創造、総篇」昭和27(1952)年

私はこれから医学を全面的に批判解剖してみるが、その前に健康と寿命についてかかねばならないが、現代医学が真の医術であるとすれば、病人は年々減ってゆかなければならないはずであり、それと共に寿命も漸次伸びてゆかなければならない道理であるばかりか、そうなるまでに数百年で充分であるのはもちろん、現在最も難問題とされている結核も伝染病も全滅するし、病気の苦しみなどは昔の夢物語になってしまうであろう。ところが事実は全然その反対ではないか。としたら真の医学でない事は余りにも明らかである。

そうして次の人間の寿命であるが、これも造物主が人間を造った時は、寿命もハッキリ決めた事である。もっともこれについても私は神様から示されているが、最低百二十歳から、最高は六百歳は可能という事である。従って人間が間違った事さえしなければ、百二十歳は普通であるから、そうなったとしたら実に希望多い人生ではないか。しかもただ長命だけではなく一生の間溌剌たる健康で、病気の不安などは消滅するのであるから、全くこの世の天国である。では右のごとき間違った点は何かというとこれこそ驚くべし医学のためである。といったら何人も愕然(がくぜん)とするであろうが、この百二十歳説について、最も分り易いたとえでかいてみるが、まず人間の寿命を春夏秋冬の四季に分けてみるのである。すると春は一、二、三月の三月(みつき)として、一月の元旦が誕生日となり、一月は幼児から児童までで、二月が少年期で、梅の咲く頃が青年期であって、今や桜が咲かんとする頃が青年期で、それが済んでいよいよ一人前となり、社会へ乗り出す。これが花咲く頃であろう。次で四月桜の真盛りとなって、人々の浮き浮きする頃が、四十歳頃の活動の最盛期であろう。よく四十二の厄年というのは花に嵐のたとえ通り、花が散るのである。次で五、六、七月は新緑から青葉の茂る夏の季節で、木の実はたわわに枝に実るが、それを過ぎて気候も下り坂になって、いよいよ稔りの秋となり、これから収穫が始まる。人間もそれと同じように、この頃は長い間の労苦が実を結び、仕事も一段落となり、社会的信用も出来ると共に、子や孫なども増え、人生最後の楽しい時期となる。そうして種々の経験や信用もあり、それを生かして世のため人のため出来るだけ徳を施す事になるのである。それが十年として九十歳になるから、それ以後は冬の季節となるから、静かに風月などを楽しみ、余生を送ればいいのである。しかし人によっては活動を好み死ぬまで働くのも、これまた結構である。

以上によってみても、四季と寿齢とはよく合っている。この見方が最も百二十歳説の裏付けとしては好適であろう。この理によって医療が無くなるとすれば、右のごとく百二十歳まで生きるのは何ら不思議はないのである。ところが単に医療といっても種々の方法があるが、二十世紀以前まではほとんど薬剤が主となっていたので、長い間に薬剤で沢山の病気を作って来たのである。何しろ薬で病気を作り、薬で治そうとするのだから、病気の増えるのも当然であると共に、寿齢の低下も同様である。この何よりの証左として、医学が進歩するとすれば病気の種類が少なくなりそうなものだが、反対に増えるのは、薬の種類が増えるのと正比例しているのである。今一つ人々の気の付かない重要事がある。それは医学で病気が治るものなら、医師もその家族の健康も、一般人より優良でなければならないはずであるのに、事実はむしろ一般人より低下している。何よりも種々の博士中医学博士が一番短命だそうだし、また医師の家族の弱い事と、結核の多い事も世間衆知の通りである。そうして現在の死亡の原因は突発事故を除いてことごとくは病気である。しかも病死の場合の苦しみは大変なもので、これは今更言う必要もないが、よく余り苦しいので、一思いに殺してくれなどの悲鳴の話をよく聞くが、ではこのような苦しみは何がためかというと、全く寿命が来ない内死ぬからで、中途から無理に枝を折るようなものであるからで、ちょうど木の葉が枯れて落ち、青葉が枯れて萎(しお)れる。稲が稔って穫入れるのが自然であるのに青い内に葉をむしり、青い草を引抜き、稲の稔らないのに刈り込むと同様で、不自然極まるからである。というようにどうしても自然死でなくてはならない。しかし近代人は弱くなっているから、自然死といっても九十歳から百歳くらいが止まりであろう。

以上説いたごとく、神は人間に百二十歳以上の寿命を与え、病気の苦しみなどはなく、無病息災で活動するように作ってあるのを、愚かなる人間はそれを間違え、反って病苦と短命を作ったのであるから、その無智なる、哀れと言っても云い足らないくらいである。


Health and Longevity

“Creation of Civilization”  written by Mokichi Okada in 1952

 

From now, I thoroughly criticize and dissect medical science, but before we move on, I must describe health and longevity, too. If modern medical science was true healing art of medicine, the number of the sick must be decreasing year by year. Along with this, it is reasonable that the longevity must be gradually extended and a few centuries would be certainly enough to realise such a state. Therefore, tuberculosis, which is the most difficult problem to solve at present, and all sorts of infectious diseases would become extinct, and suffering from illness would become nothing more than an old pipe dream. However, the facts are opposite to that, aren’t they? If so, it is obvious that present medical science is not true at all.

Then I describe human longevity. It was decided by the Creator as it created human beings. I was also told this by God, which is from at least one hundred twenty to possibly the longest of six hundred years old. Therefore, unless people do wrong things, they normally live to be one hundred twenty years old. If it became so, human life would be hopeful, wouldn’t it? Besides, people are not only long-lived but also healthy and vigorous throughout their lives, and the disease anxiety would be disappeared. That would be an absolute paradise on earth. Then, what is the wrong thing as described above? If I said it was surprisingly caused by medical science, everyone would be stunned. Therefore, I describe the theory of one hundred and twenty-year-old life by using the easiest example to understand. Firstly, I divide a human life-span into four seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter. If that is the case, January, February and March are the months of spring and the 1st of January is to be a person’s birthday. From his babyhood to childhood is in January and the boyhood is in February. When plum flowers bloom and cherry blossoms are about to bloom, it is in his adolescence. After that, he finally becomes to be an adult and starts a social life. It would be at the time when blossoms bloom. Following this, they are in full bloom and people are cheerful in April. It would be at the peak of his activities in his forties. Forty-two is said to be a critical age for a man. As the proverb says “It is a storm to a flower,” flowers fall. The following months of May, June and July are the season of summer, when fresh and then deep green leaves grow. The branches of trees bear plenty of fruit. After that, the climate goes downhill, and the harvest season finally comes in autumn and then a harvest begins. During this season, it is the same as a human being. His sustained effort bears fruit, his work finally settles down. He also gains his social credibility and is blessed with children and grandchildren. It is the last period of fulfilling for his life. At that time, he has various experiences and credit, so he does a favour for the people and society as much as possible by making use of them. If it takes ten years, people become ninety. After that, it becomes the season of winter. People may enjoy the beauty of nature quietly for the rest of their life, or it would be good that some people like activities and keep working until they die.

As described above, four seasons correspond well with human longevity. The theory of one hundred twenty years would be best supported by this view. For this reason, it is no wonder that human beings live to be one hundred twenty years old as described above if medical treatment disappears. When you say just medical treatment, however, there are many kinds of ways. Most of them were to use medicines until the twentieth century, so lots of diseases have been made by medicines for a long time. At any rate, diseases are made and also tried to be cured by medicines. Therefore, it is obvious that diseases increase and people’s life is shortened as well. Here is the evidence of this as follows; if medical science improved, types of diseases would be reduced, but on the contrary, they are increased, which is in direct proportion to the increase in the types of medicine. There is one more important thing people don’t realize. That is a doctor and his family must be healthier than general people if medical science cures disease, but the truth is their health deteriorates rather than general people. In various kinds of doctors, medical doctors seem to be shortest-lived. It is widely known that their family are week and many of them suffer from tuberculosis. Then, except for sudden accidents, all the causes of death are diseases at present. Worse still, suffering from the disease is horrible. Though there is no need to say, such a grievous story is often heard as people ask to put an end to their miseries, as they severely suffer from the disease. Then, why is such suffering caused? It is because they die from unnatural causes. It is like forcibly breaking a branch in the middle. Despite the natural fact that leaves of trees wither and fall, green grasses wither and fade, rice plants fill and are harvested, it is as if leaves are torn while they are green, green grasses are pulled out and rice is harvested before it ripens. That is extremely unnatural. Therefore, people do have to die from natural causes. However, the moderns become week, so that they would die to be from ninety to a hundred years old even though they naturally die.

As I explained above, God gave us the life span of more than one hundred twenty years old and made us act with health and long life without any pain of disease. Yet, idiotic humans made a mistake and rather produce pain of sickness and a short-span life. It cannot be enough to say that their ignorance is so pitiful.

 

Translated by N.H