It has been 70 years since the end of the Second World War, which we believe was the worst warfare in human history, where 80 million precious lives were sacrificed. At present we see multiple battles of war, continuing, without any sign of stopping globally. Also, with an ulterior motive, confrontation of interests among Super powers seems that we are really in a critical condition and on the verge of heading for a third world war.
God, created all things in this universe, and is the parent for all human beings. Through the eyes of God, we are God’s children and all men and women are brothers and sisters. So naturally we should not kill each other even from an ethical point of view. However, this simple common ethic of not killing each other is another matter in question.
As Japan had a harrowing experience, including the atomic bombings, after the war we made the unflinching resolution not to repeat the same tragedy of war again. And for the first time in the world we enacted a pacifist and war-renouncing constitution. The Japanese Government turned over a new leaf in order to put an end to the tragic human history completely, covered with hostilities.
Now, is the time for Japan to appeal our peaceful spirit and to reflect the Japanese Constitution to lead the way of world peace and let us carry forth our vision and principles in finding the way towards the realization of the World Federation.
Onisaburo Deguchi, the co-founder of Oomoto, and the first president of ULBA, was incarcerated during the war, because, Oomoto was persecuted by the then-militaristic state. The severity of this oppression was the first and last of its kind in Japan.
He said ‘’ the way we lead to the peaceful society does not depend on the military strength, but whether people observe the way of faithfulness with the way of heaven. ‘’ - “ To stick to the Japanese mind, we should sometimes act beyond gains and losses. This is the distinctive principle of Japan. - Japan is responsible for saving the world”.
Namely, according to Onisaburo Deguchi, to bring about true peace, the most important thing is not military strength, but, a mind of loving kindness and compassion for all living creatures. It is imperative that the world be governed by morality.
Especially Japan and the Japanese people are endowed with the mission and responsibility to save the world.
Japan in ancient times absorbed, assimilated and beautified various cultures and techniques and cultivated ‘’ the mind of harmony’’ which is the Spiritual Culture with the capacity to embrace other views. Reflecting on this spiritual culture of which Japan can be proud of before the whole world, we would not just pursue the profit of our own country, nor be distracted by the prospect of immediate gain, instead we will help each other and transcend international boarders so that people in the world will lead a happy life forever. Japan should be the country with dignity so that people in the rest of the world respect and trust us.
However, concerning the recent bill, (Security Bills), we feel immediately threatened that our longstanding peaceful behavior for 70 years is endangered. This bill might lead us in the wrong direction from our peaceful loving State.
Also, both the challenge of TPP and the problems of restarting atomic power generators have a lot in common; both exert a far-reaching influence on food, agriculture, environment and health care, etc. We can see the human self-conceit, which can be said egotism as in “a dog-eat-dog world”.
We, Oomoto and ULBA based on the peaceful mind of the Japanese Constitution pledge to the world and contribute to realize through various activities hand in hand the true peace and respect for all the living things in life by rectifying the trend of egoism and the strong preying upon the weak.August 7 - 2015
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