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

The next step is up to each of us.

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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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2 Responses to Manifesto

  1. As you can imagine, I loved this manifesto. When I read about much of recent human history the phrase “Wise after the event” springs to mind, as we are clearly seldom wise as we go into it.

    • Sha'Tara says:

      Seems to me that “war” is a basic function in the heart of man. As to wisdom, history demonstrates in bold type that “man” learns nothing from it and repeats it as if it never happened before. I remember well the “great” peace movements of the sixties and even into the seventies, and I also remember how all that was neatly swept under the rug called convenience and forgetfulness as the “Haves” partied their ways into Yuppiedom. I remember participating in drawing up, or signing in, peace manifestos of various kinds. And, like the Beatles’ Fool on the Hill, I watch how things have gotten worse, not better. Now what? May I offer an alternative to all this collective tail-chasing? Individual self-empowerment anyone?

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