It's very difficult to find a really touchy story these days. Every day and night we are forced to see many terrible, cruel, miserable, wicked things on TV or newspaper. I'm afraid that we, human beings, can easily get accustomed to such things and become insensitive to those.
Although we like the beauty of nature, we throw trash away to the sea. Although we discuss the death penalty of murderers, we are watching the battle scene, where many innocent people are killed, on TV like a game. We know the man, who insisted the relief of people like a god, committed all sorts of sins and crimes.
To my regret, when I am touched by something, I feel as if it were unreal, dreamy, and extraordinary. But, to tell the truth, we can be moved only by the truth, the simple truth. If I see a person who is very rich and can do anything with money without working, I may envy him or her, but I won't be touched. It is because it is not a true life, not a true living.
The other night, I watched the TV program about twins. They were 3-year-old girls of Southeast Asia, and they are Siamese twins. They were linked at their hips, and therefore they shared one leg, one pelvis and one bladder. The group of American doctors examined them and performed a big operation on them over ten hours in order to divide them into two.
It was very difficult for the doctors to decide how to divide one leg, one pelvis, and one bladder. At last after long discussion, one leg, a half pelvis and three-fourths bladder went to one girl and the rest went to the other. I could watch the documentary picture and the operating scene.
To my surprise, I could watch them to cut the flesh of the babies as if they had cut an ox-tail. The film reported the later conditions. All this was a touchy and dramatic story enough, and moreover, I was touched by a fact. The two babies were orphans or something like that for some reason. In America, they were adopted into a middle-aged American couple's family.
In the Japanese orphanages, foster parents want a healthy and normal and pretty child, and they hate a handicapped one. They say that leftover kids will often be adopted into foreign families. There exist those Siamese twins, and they need help to live 'separately'. It's the truth. And I was deeply touched by the American couple who accepted the truth as it was.