（『21 世紀に生きる君たちへ』司馬遼太郎著 ドナルド・キーン監訳／ロバート・ミンツァー訳 朝日出版社）
『The Torch Koan』(『洪庵のたいまつ』)
Nothing is more beautiful than a life devoted to the world. Here,I want to write about a person who lived a particularly beautiful life.He is Koan Ogata.
He was born in the late Edo period. He was a doctor. He did not seek fame, nor did he seek personal gain. He had overflowing talent and continued to live for others. That kind of life seems truly beautiful, like distant mountains and rivers.
And yet, Koan was not an eccentric person. He was an extremely ordinary person of gentle character as you might find in any village or any town. He was kind to the sick, and his heart was always filled with love. The medicine he practiced was not the Chinese medicine common in those times, but Dutch medicine, which was considered quite rare by everyone. Doctors like Koan were called“ doctors of Dutch medicine.”
It was a wonderful school. There were no entrance tests. Young people of every kind, if they wanted to study, would make their way here over great distances, from far regions.
The Edo period was a time of class discrimination. But at this school, all people were equal. There were children of samurai, hildren of city doctors, and children of peasant farmers. Here, they were all bound by a single purpose and mind: to learn.