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A NEWSPAPER THAT INSPIRES VIRTUE

 

As I read the many kinds of newspapers and magazines published today, l am appalled at the number of items and articles dealing with evil deeds such as burglary, murder, theft, fraud, illegal business transactions, illegal disposition of merchandise, concealing of valuable goods, smuggling, suicide, double suicide, and adultery. If people outside of Japan read these reports and articles without actually visiting this country, they probably think it is a most horrible place. There must be a few things that are commendable and that we can be proud of. Good things usually stay unnoticed, however, and hardly ever come to public attention. There is an old saying, "Bad news travels fast." Indeed, bad news is made known to people more quickly and spreads more widely than good news.

Items about good things do not arouse as much reader interest as articles on bad things. When news of an unusually vicious deed is printed, a banner headline is used, since such an item is of tremendous interest to the public.

Most so-called scoops are almost always about something bad. Sometimes, though very rarely, there are newsflashes on good happenings, like Dr. Yukawa's receiving the Nobel Prize for physics. But such good flashes are so rare they comprise less than one hundredth of all the headlines in the news. By reading daily papers which are so full of evil deeds and bad happenings, readers are unwittingly influenced.

One such negative influence is that people become so insensitive to evil they remam surprisingly unperturbed by incidents which, to normal individuals, should be really shocking. Such is the common nature of man.

Newspapers are supposed to report on the dark side of society for the purpose of warning people in general against evil and to improve it by doing so, but ironically, the results have gone against the original purpose. Reporters themselves have become so insensitive that they are now accustomed to exaggerating their reports about criminal acts in order to impress the public.

We simply cannot condone such an abnormal tendency toward evil, so we are obliged to undertake a countermeasure; you will see it clearly manifested in our newspaper. We never treat crimes or the other dark sides of society in ways that will stir up interest. When we print articles on such negative subjects we use them for the purpose of warning people, emphasizing the importance of eradicating evil.

This may be nothing special for a church newspaper to do. However, religious publications are inclined to use preaching tones and become so monotonous that people do not feel like reading them. If they are not read, they are useless. In our paper, as you will see, the articles we print, the new ideas that are unique in tenor, are such that they reach the hearts of readers. These make our paper quite attractive.

Also, we include some epigrammatic remarks that will help readers to grasp the vital points of various facts of life while laughing heartily at the amusing words.

Too, testimonials by our members which are unique to our paper tell of the miraculous and astonishing experiences that have revived their lives. Many will be attracted by such stories. Indeed, there will be few who will not be moved to tears by reading them.

There are hardly any papers that attack evil and advocate virtue as strongly as our paper does. Even though it is a small publication, it is like a single beautiful flower standing out in the midst of extensive greenery, in that in the midst of so much worldly knowledge it purifies the minds and hearts of readers and guides them to what is good and beautiful.

 

February 18, 1950

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