Peace and Disarmament

Back to listAug 22, 2010

Soka Gakkai Youth in Hiroshima Organize Lecture by Peace Scholar Johan Galtung

100823hiroshima-lecture.jpg At the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Peace Center

On August 22, 2010, Soka Gakkai youth in Hiroshima, Japan, organized the 138th "Hiroshima Study Lecture Series" at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Peace Center. Peace scholar Johan Galtung, also known as the "father of peace studies," talked about the necessity of nuclear abolition and the role of religion.

During his lecture Professor Galtung conveyed his belief that using bombs on humankind is the worst crime possible and spoke against any justification for possessing nuclear weapons. He also talked about peace research and the importance of understanding the collective subconscious or "deep culture" of a group of people when trying to understand particular behaviors or belief systems.

Professor Galtung also spoke about his dialogues with SGI President Daisaku Ikeda on the philosophy of peace and expressed his hope that the SGI youth would continue to promote a philosophy of peace throughout the world.

[Adapted from an article in the August 23, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]