Four elderly people living in a mountain village. One day a miserable middle-aged man appears and sighs, ""The world doesn't need me." I just live meaninglessly and uselessly." Four people who are busy with paring persimmon scoff at him saying, "You need <approval> for both working and breeding. That is so uncomfortable. We live without thinking about the meaning. So we are absolutely free.", which means that "people are worried about what they don't need to." From her novel, "There Was A Four People Group."
"January 29 2019
from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun"