Resident, RELNET CORP
One of the most landmark process of the birth of life on the earth
is the invention of 'DNA' system. Or shall I say that DNA built up
the system of 'life'?
The general characteristic of DNA system is to communicate the complicating
information with the combination of simple codes. Also, it takes external
molecule materials into itself with little mass and duplicates exact
one with the original by exchanging its order.
DNA system is the most suitable way to change the contents constantly
with soft containers and convey the same information structure. It
is not trying to protect the contents by making strong-built containers
which is durable for thousands years. We can see it clearly from a
fact that bacteria, quite 'simple' and 'primitive' living things,
have been existed for billions years without changing their appearance.
The New Shrine built with the next to the Old One
When I think about this DNA system, it always reminds me of a system
called 'Shikinen Sengu (Periodical Relocation)' which held in some
shrines including the Grand Shrine of Ise. Once in 20 years, they
make a reproduction of 'the present shrine' and put 'the absolutely
identical shrine' next to it. Then, they move 'the Divine Spirit'
from 'the old shrine' to 'the new shrine' and dismantle 'the old shrine'.
After this process the shrine is reproduced, which is different materially
but identified with its information.
This is the same action as we, the living lives, do in daily life.
We aim at 'permanent' by not making a hard container which is durable
for thousands years (it is impossible to make things forever lasting),
but remaking a new one constantly. Moreover, this action will inherit
not only the shrine but also the technique how to build it. Because
of this, even the shrine was destroyed by some accidents (natural
calamities or war damages) it could be restored at once. It also inherits
'invisible' tradition such as courtesy, music and so on, so it enables
to tell Shinto 'spirit' synthetically.
Look at the pyramids and Parthenon, which were built by strong stones.
We no longer have idea what kind of rituals had been taken place there
and it is very difficult to rebuild them once they are broken. When
I think about this situation, it is worth to admire the great wisdom
of ancient Japanese people.