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By Daisaku Ikeda

""The ordinary sympathy and realizing of individuals all over has to be the soil within which the hot humanism can thrive."" For Daisaku Ikeda, whose phrases those are, schooling has lengthy been one of many basic priorities of his paintings and educating. And his emphasis at the highbrow legacy bequeathed to humanity through the nice lecturers of civilization is during this quantity encapsulated through the suggestion of a ""new humanism"": an important residue of knowledge that during the ideal situations might be handed directly to destiny generations, increasing horizons, making connnctions among various cultures and inspiring clean insights and new discoveries around the globe. those conditions are possibly so much totally discovered within the context of universities. And in selling his middle values of schooling and peace, the writer has introduced speeches and lectures at greater than twenty-five academies, faculties and examine institutes world wide. This stimulating assortment, consisting of the author's most up-to-date lectures, levels extensively throughout subject matters as diversified as artwork, faith, tradition and time, and attracts creatively at the sages of historical India, China and Japan in addition to on visionary thinkers from each kingdom, together with Tolstoy, Victor Hugo and Gandhi.

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The process of sublimation that leads to a wider, more universal perception of the world operates through the interaction and mutual stimulation of peoples and cultures; namely, through education. I use this term in the broadest sense, including dialogue as a mode of learning. The words of Professor Yalman remind us that education is the most direct and certain path to the universal and hence, to world peace: it is certainly education that lets us transcend different backgrounds and discover commonalities.

These youths, who are conspicuously different from their apathetic peers, continue to give me hope for the emergence of a new philosophy that will lead humanity in the direction of the good, the constructive and the creative. MAGNIFICENT COSMOS 45 How, then, are we to become our own masters? In the search for an answer to this question, the thoughts of the great philosopher Nikolai Berdyayev (1874–1948) may serve as a guide: I have never tried, willingly or unwillingly, to shut myself in a private world of my own; rather, I desired to find a way out into the open, to be present in the world and to make the world present within me, but to be present dangerously and freely.

The concern for identity appears often in the works of Natsume Soseki (1867–1916), one of modern Japan’s most well-loved writers. Soseki attempted to define a Japanese identity during the cultural con­ fusion of wholesale change that occurred after Japan opened its doors to Westernisation. 5 Decline of Spirituality Although Japan has changed dramatically in the century since Soseki wrote those words, I doubt that today’s Japanese youth are really happy or satisfied with the status quo. It is a mistake to equate happiness with affluence; the joy that material success brings is always transient.

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