Conscience Is a Man’s Compass

“You know, Gerardo, I find it hard to put my thoughts into words, but I’ll try,” I take a deep breath and attempt to express my thoughts clearly, “I think nobody can predict his own future, but one can make an effort toward his dream, so that it will eventually come true. One must concentrate on present and do his best each given day, so that he can change the future. If one always thinks about the future, he’ll be paralyzed. You know, my friend, one must go on working silently, leaving the result to the future. If one prospect is closed, perhaps another will open itself – there must be some prospect and a future too, even if we don’t know its geography. In addition, one should rely on his own conscience entirely, you know. Conscience is a man’s compass, and though the needle sometimes deviates, though one often perceives irregularities when directing one’s course by it, one must still try to follow its direction. What I am trying to express here is that my own conscience is the compass which shows me the way, although I know that it sometimes doesn’t work quite accurately, ha-ha-ha…. ”

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You Always Amuse Me

“Oh yeah, I now understand you better. Thanks for the explanation. I certainly agree with you, my friend,” he lights a cigarette and continues, “you know, Shogo, you always amuse me – your way of looking at things gives me a load of food for my noodle to mull over. I truly think that you have an extraordinary character and exceedingly focus on your mission as a writer. I truly admire your courage and determination. But I need to ask you one very important question: have you ever crossed the idea in your mind that you might not find a publisher? I know, you believe in yourself and think you will be definitely recognized as a writer. Of course, I, too, believe in you, but if you can’t find a publisher and have no money, what are you going to do in the future? You should think about an unfavorable circumstance in the future as well, you know, so that you can prepare for it. What I’m talking about here is that you always think of only Plan A but no other plans. I strongly suggest that you should start thinking of Plan B also, my friend.”