As clean and pure as burnished bronze

Yes, bronze is an alloy. You know what I mean.

清廉潔白
sei.ren.ke-.ppaku

Literally: pure – pure – clean – white

Alternately: Someone’s heart and mind – and their actions in the material world! – are unselfish and fair, moral and ethical. Working to do good for good reasons; having nothing to be ashamed of.

Notes: It’s a state that I wish more people out there in the world at least aspired to, rather than looking for ways to attack and smear it in order to avoid the pain of self-improvement.

Yes, patina is oxidation, which is another form of "impurity," and is green rather than white. We're talking about the guy, not the statue.

Our old friend 弘法! I’m sure he had a lot of human flaws, but… well, it is at least nice to have good ideals.

About Confanity

I love the written word more than anything else I've had the chance to work with. I'm back in the States from Japan for grad school, but still studying Japanese with the hope of becoming a translator -- or writer, or even teacher -- as long as it's something language-related.
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