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Mirror, mirror….

Sunday, 10th June 2019

"A recent visit to Japan coincided with the inauguration of the new Emperor Naruhito and the start of what has been designated as the ‘Reiwa’ era. This is officially translated as beautiful harmony, although other interpretations have also mentioned order and control!

At the ceremony to mark his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne the new emperor is given the imperial regalia (or copies of the originals, which are held for safekeeping in different shrines). The regalia comprise a sword, a jewel and a mirror to represent the three primary virtues of valor, benevolence and wisdom and truth.

I was particularly intrigued with the significance of the mirror to represent wisdom and truth. It reminded me of the importance of taking time for reflection when learning, checking understanding, and deciding on a course of action. As deadlines tighten and pressure mounts reflection is probably something that suffers, yet it is a vital part of our toolkit for engaging our more considered ‘System 2’ mode of thinking to counteract the potential cognitive biases inherent in the more subconscious and automatic ‘System 1’ thinking."

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Source: Core Solutions Group / Scottish Universities Insight Institute
Language: English
Contact: Charlie Woods

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