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Looking into the future is kind of like looking into . . . what? What do you see when you look down that “pathway” in the center of the painting. What do you conjure up? For me, this Manifesto, which my wife showed me a day or so ago, says something clear about what I — and perhaps we — need to be focused on.

War begins in the name of defence
War rewards the weapons industry
War quickly becomes uncontrollable
War is easier to start than to end
War wounds not only soldiers but also the elderly and children
War cuts not only the body but leaves scars deep inside the heart
The mind is not an object to be manipulated
Life is not a pawn to be played
The sea is not to be lost amid military bases
The sky is not be erased by fighter planes
We would rather live in a country that is proud of its wisdom
than in a country that thinks shedding blood is the contribution
Scholarship is not a weapon of war
Scholarship is not a tool of business
Scholarship is not a servant of power
To create
To protect
A place to live
The freedom to think
We will strike against this conceited power.

— Kyoto University Campaign for Freedom and Peace


About gwpj

Originally from Seattle, I now live in Sapporo, Japan, where I write, explore this city, read widely, and ask questions about things that i see as important. I'm also an author, with three novels published ("The Old Man and The Monkey", "Grandfather and The Raven", and "Bear: a story about a boy and his unusual dog"). For more information about my writing, drop by my website, at
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One Response to Manifesto

  1. Barbara Smith says:

    War is just so unbelievably horrible. If thinks were not bad enough the photographs of starving children in Syria are heartbreaking. Painful that we don’t learn.

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