From the first Harry Potter book: "There are some things you can't share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them."
Shared struggle builds team spirit. Current example: mouse slayage. I've noticed that the girls, who sometimes fight, have been on much more amicable terms since they cooperated in the redaction of a ferocious mouse engaged in criminal trespass in my house a few days ago.
This new spirit of cooperation warms my heart. I will send them to Outward Bound.
People are said to become more cynical with age, but I wonder if this is true. The known tendency for oldsters to vote more regularly than youngsters argues against it.
That's not true of just the US. Although turnout for the recent French referendum on the EU Constitution was very high, it was highest among the sexagenarians, and lowest among the 18-34-year-olds. (See Qui sont les abstentionnistes?, about a third of the way down the page.)
I propose that in childhood we believe in everything; during adolescence the rug is pulled out from under us and we believe in nothing; then, slowly, we begin believing in things again (hopefully on a more solid footing) through the rest of our lives, although never to the degree we did as children.
犠牲 == gisei
== (noun) sacrifice
Left radical is 'cow/bull' (牛), right radical is 'righteous' (義). Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Righteous
bull is just right for sacrifice.'
from Taka Kanji Database