The writer says that it is the association of ordinary people that firmly connects the two societies across the border. They are not people who speak problems in a loud voice or agitate the movement holding up justice, but people who hold onto the ordinary and rational way of thinking cultivated by history. He is worried that the quiet emotion we have when we met such people tends to be made light of. From an essay collection “Life of "Ordinary People".”
"July 29 2019
from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun"