Young people today prefer "looking like having a meaning" over "having a meaning."

Ton Satomi



Expressions that try to show a thing that has some contents as if it had many contents, or to show even something that has no content as if it had some. The writer says that he hates such "a presentation in which a thing is made look as if it had a meaning.” Implication and suggestiveness are not necessary. There is the secret of writing sentences in showing clearly that sentences look this way when you think this way. If you write something that has five contents with five contents, some people say that it's “mediocre” or “it ’s too clear to interest them at all,” which I consider strange.” From the essay “A Few Nerves” written before World War II in the Showa Era.


"July 2  2019

from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun"