BEYOND NATIONAL EGOISM (英語) ペーパーバック – 2008/5/1
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Today, we are directly facing many serious problems such as the crises of global scale environmental destruction, poverty and famine in developing countries, and wars and conflicts. Bringing to life the pacifist ideals of the Constitution of Japan, a new collaborative framework striving for the improvement of the global environment and society is presented. This book proposes to establish a national ideal for Japan and other countries of the world to become a “non-egoistic nation”, or specifically, a “Nation for International Peace and the Environment”.
SHOHEI NOMURA was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1944. He completed the doctoral course at the Graduate School of Agricultural Studies at the University of Tokyo. He is a former middle school teacher and currently lives in the foothills of Mt. Akagi, Gunma Prefecture, Japan where he practices organic farming. He teaches seminars for Self-Realization and Peace as well as supervising a private school for youths, Whole Life School [Zensei-juku], which has a primary focus on Education of the Human Being.
The book traces the roots of "national egoism" and how it has led to environmental problems and conflicts in the world. It explains the role of a "nation" as a unit in international relationships, and the role that a nation, such as Japan, can play for world peace.
The basic concepts of the Constitution of Japan are explained in simple language. It was eye-opening to read the Preamble of the constitution, and learn the constitution of Japan is founded on ideals for contributing to world welfare, in addition to complete renunciation of war and military.
This book clarifies well the arguments in the current debate about revising the constitution and what is at stake. Revise and enable warfare? Instead of revision, Japan can put the peace constitution into practice and take an active leadership role in contributing to peace and world welfare.
Well-researched facts about the present state of the global environment, food and water supply, energy, and nuclear power give a comprehensive overview of the critical state of the world and the urgent need for significant changes. Examples of countries that have been successful in spreading peace (Costa Rica), transitioning from nearly total energy-dependency to self-sufficiency in energy (Denmark), and considering what is true happiness (Bhutan) give hints and motivation for how to bring about positive changes.
This is an optimistic book having faith in our innate nature of compassion, helping each other, and harmonious coexistence.