Potential Violence

Faces of War A message from a friend:

Whats the possibility of you two moving back to the USA? At least out of the way of North Korea's ballistic and long range missile range. I fear that Japan will see a lot of violence if the situation keeps escalating.

Thanks for the concern. Akiko and I will stay here, though. Please don't worry for us too much!

The problem with this kind of potential violence is it is a WORLD problem - a problem for all of humanity - and not just something for Japan and the neighboring countries to deal with. It seems more immediate for us because it is physically so close, but that does not remove the responsibility from every human being to end this violence within themselves.

Violence is, of course, a human problem. Not a nationalistic problem, religious problem, social problem, but a human problem. It is true, this violence is born from nationalistic separation, religious separation, social separation, and so on. But these systems of separation will never be able to conquer this problem they have created.

The 'cure' for violence is beyond its system of creation. So the responsibility is that of every human being on this beautiful planet, and the solution will not be found in another system.

This separation can only be dealt with on the individual level, if I can put it that way. It is for you, and you alone. Others may talk about it or point to it, but in the end, it will be your courage and curiosity that takes you all the way to the end.

The human race has never been away from the shadow of war. But this violence does not have to continue within any of us.