Sincerity and consideration is the foundation of success. In other words, it leads to the preservation of your happiness.
These are the words that Eiichi Shibusawa spoke at a lecture at “Yo-iku-in,” the orphanage and care facility for the underprivileged, of which he was the chairman. This was in fact the longest post he held from 1876 till just up to his death in 1931.
Eiichi is known as “father of capitalism,” because he participated in the establishment of about 500 companies. It is less known that he also participated in the establishment of about 600 hospitals, universities, and other social enterprises.
Many business people, during Eiichi’s time and as well as today, believe that participating in such social enterprises stretches their precious resources. They feel that such duties will be taken care of by somebody else. Yes, we are all busy with responsibilities and engagements in our ordinary lives. Yet, participating in duties for the good of society, according to Eiichi, is the foundation of one’s success and preservation of one’s happiness.
I serve on the board of directors for iHope(Institute of Health Outcomes & Process Evaluation Research), an NPO that is devoted to the advancement of clinical medicine and measures for QOL (quality of life). According to the founder, Dr. Shunichi Fukuhara, an expert in clinical medicine, the traditional paradigm that supports Japanese medicine is experimental medical research.
The search for new knowledge is obviously very important, and this pursuit is seen as doing good work in research. However, Dr. Fukuhara points out that in clinical medicine, if the patient under care passes away, then that is the end. Therefore, for clinical doctors, the pursuit of knowledge is not enough. They must apply the solution.
Dr. Fukuhara believes that more research is necessary to improve the quality of medical care, or “outcome” for the patients. During routine examinations, skills need to be improved so that clinical doctors do not miss signs of a more serious disease.