true civilization…


“The true civilization is where every man gives to every other man every right he claims for himself.” – Robert G. Ingersoll

Human rights will only become truly universal and indivisible when they span the most basic, existential division—that of self and other. And this can only occur when both the right to and duty of humane treatment are observed, not in response to externally imposed norms, but through spontaneous action stemming from the naturally powerful desire to assist our fellows whose ability to live in a humane manner is under threat. – Daisaku Ikeda, twitter: @Ikedaquotes & quote site: IkedaQuotes

People who trample on others’ rights, no matter how respectable they may seem, are merely barbarians. Respect for human rights is a barometer of civilization. – Daisaku Ikeda, twitter: @IkedaQuotes & quote site: IkedaQuotes


irreplaceable value…



“Education develops the intellect; and the intellect distinguishes man from other creatures. It is education that enables man to harness nature and utilize her resources for the well-being and improvement of his life. The key for the betterment and completeness of modern living is education.  But, ‘ Man cannot live by bread alone’.  Man, after all, is also composed of intellect and soul. Therefore, education in general, and higher education in particular, must aim to provide, beyond the physical, food for the intellect and soul.  That education which ignores man’s intrinsic nature, and neglects his intellect and reasoning power can not be considered true education.” – Haile Selassie


Education should not be based on or limited by a nationalist agenda. Education must cultivate the wisdom to reject and resist violence in all its forms. It must foster people who intuitively understand and know—in their mind, in their heart, with their entire being—the irreplaceable value of human beings and the natural world. I believe such education embodies the timeless struggle of human civilization to create an unerring path to peace. – Daisaku Ikeda


shared commitment…

558d30241ee6e0cc058c1964ea1f465a“You know what we need to heal are the thought forms and the feelings that cause us to create war and mass destruction on this kind of a level, because ultimately if we are to survive as a species, we have to become a human race for whom the thought of war is unthinkable.” – Marianne Williamson (born July 8th)

“When human beings live together, conflict is inevitable. War is not. “We are in conflict” can be interpreted to mean “we share a problem.” A shared problem can best be met and resolved through shared efforts. Rather than facing off in confrontation, we should turn together to face our common future, united in a shared commitment to the flourishing of youth.” – Daisaku Ikeda


(see about page today as well)

depart anew…

man-crying-1“It might be said that the human race is incapable of withstanding the drastic changes that are taking place in today’s world. For those changes have been so terrible, so far-reaching and, above all, so swift that they make those that caused the disappearance of the dinosaurs pale into insignificance. Man has not had time to adopt to the sudden and powerful changes that his technology and society have produced around him, and it might safely be said that many of today’s illnesses are the means used by the cosmos to eliminate this proud human race. Man is the only animal to have created his own environment.  Ironically, he is also the only one to have thus created his own means of self-destruction.” – Ernesto Sábato

Works of Ernesto R. Sábato
Interview (pdf) from the Unesco Courier 1990

“Global society today faces myriad interlocking crises. These include the issues of war, environmental degradation, the North-South development gap and divisions among people based on differences of ethnicity, religion or language. The list is long and familiar, and the road to solutions may seem all too distant and daunting. It is my view, however, that the root of all these problems is our collective failure to make the human being–human happiness–the consistent focus and goal in all fields of endeavor. The human being is the point to which we must return and from which we must depart anew. What is required is a human transformation–a human revolution.” – Daisaku Ikeda (Source)

See also:
Human Revolution article by Daisaku Ikeda
Human Revolution – Resource Center

claustrophobic powerlessness…

original (41)“One… gets an impression that civilization is something which was imposed on a resisting majority by a minority which understood how to obtain possession of the means to power and coercion. It is, of course, natural to assume that these difficulties are not inherent in the nature of civilization itself but are determined by the imperfections of the cultural forms which have so far been developed.” – Sigmund Freud

People everywhere seem to be in the grip of a sense of claustrophobic powerlessness–a sense that deepens in direct proportion to the advance of globalization. This is, in my view, an inevitable outcome of the arrogance and egotism
that pursues profit blindly, imagining that human society can continue to exist even as it destroys the natural and cultural environment. We ignore at our peril the timeless words of José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955) regarding the essential unity of our lives and our surroundings–“I am myself plus my circumstance, and if I do not save it, I cannot save myself.” – Daisaku Ikeda, Source: Excerpt from the 2009 Peace Proposal

afterglow of satisfaction…

original (86)“Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.” – Theodore Isaac Rubin

“The gratification of desires is not happiness.  Genuine happiness can only be achieved when we transform our way of life from the unthinking pursuit of pleasure to one committed to enriching our inner lives, when we focus on “being more” rather than simply having more.”  – Daisaku Ikeda



snatched the reins…


original (20)“The incomprehensibleness of women is an old theory, but what is that to the curious wondering observation with which wives, mothers, and sisters watch the other unreasoning animal in those moments when he has snatched the reins out of their hands, and is not to be spoken to! . It is best to let him come to, and feel his own helplessness.” – Margaret Oliphant

“Some men just don’t understand that a woman’s heart is like a deep ocean of secrets.” – Alicia Figgs