What Godai Tomoatu and others learned in Nagasaki and learned abroad, the most important thing is that “trust is what you trust in the future.” Godai discovered it, learned it, and used it as a guide to action and living.
To learn that, it is important to first read Adam Smith’s Theory of Wealth in 1776. Adam Smith said, “The selfish motive of a human being who wants to increase his interests is fundamental to overall wealth.” It means selfishism turned into altruism, Godai abandoned the idea that “wealth and morality contradict each other” advocated by Suzuki and Bushido.
He learned the real history of Britain, where Napoleon, whom Takamori Saigo respected, brought merchants to the land of laughter. Studying the history of Britain leads to studying the history of capitalism.
Capitalism evolves into credit and core. The Ottoman empire,Qing Dynasty and Japanese samurai pay to maintain the country with taxes and looting, but merchants and bankers raise capital more through credit than taxes. To really understand that, we need to look at an example.
The King of Portugal rejected Columbus’ offer, but King Isabel of Spain believed and became king of the United States and the world. He put great trust in the future. A limited liability company was created to reduce risks.
The small country that beat Spain is the Netherlands. The secret to Dutch success was trust in the future. The Dutch East India Company was established in 1602 (which Godai was learning from Dutch teachers in Nagasaki).
Later, France and Great Britain took advantage of the stock exchange to become world champions. However, France became uncertain about the political and business world (Louis W) and caused adhesions, causing the Mississippi bubble to lose trust and go bankrupt. (The truth of the French Revolution) Then the London Stock Exchange, the British East India Company,these became the British Empire.
Godai have experienced their history in Britain. He did not just go to Manchester to buy machines and weapons. We have come to know not only what his attitude to learn, but what he actually learned. Without that, there is no way to lead to the indifference and loss of selfconfidence of young people who are now widespread in Japan.We don’t have a enough time.
March 6, 2020