I don't think that believing is based on the hypothetical form.

Yutaka Yukawa



Shohei Ooka's novel "Wildfire" depicts a private roaming in the mountain, being abandoned by the platoon and hospital on the battlefield. As he is losing consciousness due to fatigue and hunger, the soldier, who felt that something that seemed to be God was seeing him, talks to himself, "If he is really for me alone." Referring to it, the literary critic writes that you should offer faith without assurance that God will grant it. From a critical essay, "The Age Of Shohei Ooka."


"December 20 2019

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