We are not merely passive pawns of historical forces nor are we victims of the past. We can shape and direct history.


Daisaku Ikeda

896

Humanity has experienced many revolutionary changes over the course of history: revolutions in agriculture, in science, industrial production, as well as numerous political revolutions. But these have all been limited to the external aspects of our individual and collective lives.


Daisaku Ikeda

896

The gratification of desire is not happiness.


Daisaku Ikeda

896

Ultimately, all human activities have as their goal the realization of happiness. Why, then, have we ended up producing the opposite result? Could the underlying cause be our failure to correctly understand the true nature of happiness?


Daisaku Ikeda

896

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

896

A great revolution in just one single individual will help achieve a change in the destiny of a society and, further, will enable a change in the destiny of humankind.


Daisaku Ikeda

896

A healthy vision of the future is not possible without an accurate knowledge of the past.


Daisaku Ikeda

896

To communicate the truths of history is an act of hope for the future.


Daisaku Ikeda

896

Women are, in my view, natural peacemakers. As givers and nurturers of life, through their focus on human relationships and their engagement with the demanding work of raising children and protecting family life, they develop a deep sense of empathy that cuts through to underlying human realities.


Daisaku Ikeda

896

Ultimately, all human activities have as their goal the realization of happiness. Why, then, have we ended up producing the opposite result? Could the underlying cause be our failure to correctly understand the true nature of happiness?


Daisaku Ikeda

896

A commitment to human rights cannot be fostered simply through the transmission of knowledge. Action and experience play a crucial role in the learning process.


Daisaku Ikeda

896

The wisdom and experience of older people is a resource of inestimable worth. Recognizing and treasuring the contributions of older people is essential to the long-term flourishing of any society.


Daisaku Ikeda

896

The effects of human rights education can be dramatic in awakening people to the value and power of their own lives, as shown in the following stories.


Daisaku Ikeda

896

Likewise, education can direct people toward good or evil ends. When education is based on a fundamentally distorted worldview, the results are horrific.


Daisaku Ikeda

896

It is only through such real-life daily struggles and challenges that a genuine sensitivity to human rights can be inculcated. This is a truth that is not limited to school education: it applies to all of us.


Daisaku Ikeda

896

Dialogue and education for peace can help free our hearts from the impulse toward intolerance and the rejection of others.


Daisaku Ikeda

896

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