Renowned German Peace Activist and Psychoanalyst Lectures on Gender and Personal Responsibility in Germany
On April 14, 2007, SGI-Germany and the Institute of Oriental Philosophy European Center at Taplow Court, UK, cosponsored a public lecture at the Villa Sachsen Culture Center, Bingen City, Germany. Some 150 attended the lecture by guest speaker Professor Horst-Eberhard Richter, a renowned psychoanalyst and peace activist. Professor Richter is director of the Sigmund Freud Institute and first managing director and speaker of the German chapter of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) as well as an honorary member of its board.
In his lecture titled "For the Sake of Peace and Culture," Professor Richter spoke about the rapid social progress women have made in the Western world, demonstrated by women assuming leadership roles at the forefront of many sectors. This has contributed to a rising awareness among women of their value in society. In contrast, many men are experiencing increasing anxiety with the perceived decline of their relative value. Professor Richter asserted that men should leave the history of male-dominance behind and rebuild their value system. He called on the audience to create new values in which men and women work in tandem and bear equal burdens within society. Such efforts are particularly crucial in the home, he said, where husband and wife must work more effectively to share in fulfilling their child-rearing responsibilities, prioritizing children's development and well-being over their own respective self-actualization. Following his lecture, Professor Richter engaged the audience in discussions about the topic.
[Adapted from an article in the April 24, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]