A Quest for Global Peace: Rotblat and Ikeda on War, Ethics by Joseph Rotblat

By Joseph Rotblat

One of the "inventors" of the nuclear bomb, Sir Joseph Rotblat very quickly became clear of guns study to make a protracted and principled stand opposed to the hazards of nuclear proliferation. A physicist of significant brilliance, he metamorphosed right into a campaigner of well-liked ethical conviction and management. This sequence of dialogues among major moral thinkers brings jointly the braveness and humanity of Rotblat with the religious knowledge and worldwide visionary outlook of Daisaku Ikeda, the chief of the world's biggest and such a lot influential lay Buddhist association. jointly they think of primary problems with battle and peace, the ethics of nuclear deterrence and the trajectory of Joseph Rotblat's occupation, from the ny venture to the Pugwash convention and his Nobel Prize. Rotblat's life-long mantra was once that scientists have an ethical accountability to avoid wasting lives, now not wreck them. The integrity of either writers emerges powerfully and inspiringly from their wide-ranging discussions, which function a stark caution opposed to the hazards of a resurgent atomic guns race.

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As you know, Joliet is the husband of Madame Curie’s daughter, Irene. Later, this husband-and-wife team received the Nobel Peace Prize for their discovery of artificial radioactivity, and their research institute in Paris became an important center for scientists. Ikeda: Speaking of Madame Curie, in the gardens of the Soka Women’s College, which I founded, there is a statue of Madame Curie holding a flask. Seven years ago [1998] during her visit to Japan, Ellen, the granddaughter of Madame Curie, visited our campus and spent some time chatting with our students.

Even so, in spite of over one hundred years of domination by other countries, the people of Poland have never lost their national soul. Their sense of ethnic pride and their culture sustained them through this period. fm Page 28 Friday, August 18, 2006 5:09 PM 28 A QUEST FOR GLOBAL PEACE produced many great artists such as Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849) and the poet Adam Mickiewicz (1798–1855). Rotblat: Although the Polish people experienced such difficult circumstances, my family was relatively affluent, so I remember my early years as a happy time.

Every town and city should have an atomic bomb exhibit to remind people constantly of the horrors of the atomic bomb. I have traveled the world advocating this idea. I have also engaged in educational activities. I have spent my later years holding exhibitions, giving lectures and keynote addresses at conferences, and doing all I can to prevent the use of nuclear weapons. Ikeda: At this point, what lessons do you think humanity should learn from Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Rotblat: I have a rather broad view of their potential contribution that includes but also goes beyond the effort to abolish nuclear weapons.

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