When Japan defeated Russia’s navy in 1905 the world was shocked. It was the first time in history that an Asian nation had beaten a European power. Back then, people talked about Japan’s “national character,” which was supposedly warlike and disciplined.
Japan still talks about their “national character.”
In 2013, Japanese people listed “politeness” as the virtue they value the most. They demonstrated kindness last week in Russia, when their World Cup soccer team suffered a frustrating, heartbreaking loss in the final seconds of the match.
Whereas soccer is famous for its “hooligan” fans starting fights and trashing stadiums after a hard loss, Japanese fans grabbed bags and began picking up trash. The team itself swept and scrubbed their locker room before leaving a “thank you” note to the Russian custodians who surely expected a mess.
Mark 10:45: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve.”