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An Alliance of Hope

December 28, 2016

These are the [translated] words of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, standing with President Obama at Pearl Harbor yesterday:

“Ours is an ‘alliance of hope’ that will lead us to the future.

“What has bonded us together is the power of reconciliation, made possible through the spirit of tolerance.”

See, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/27/world/asia/shinzo-abe-text-pearl-harbor.html?_r=0

These are powerful words, magnificent and magnanimous.

As a mediator, I see a lesson here for any one still harboring ill will, for something that someone did or failed to do that led to conflict, whether in a mediation session or in life.

Although there was no formal apology, these are words of heartfelt forgiveness for the past and hope for the future.

In his speech, Prime Minister Abe also said:

Japan and the United States, which have eradicated hatred and cultivated friendship and trust on the basis of common values, are now, and especially now, taking responsibility for appealing to the world about the importance of tolerance and the power of reconciliation.

That is precisely why the Japan-U.S. alliance is “an alliance of hope.”

Let there be an alliance of hope in the New Year for each of us, professionally and personally, as we take responsibility for our thoughts and actions and as we go forward to wrestle with and conquer the conflicts that keep people apart.

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David I. Karp is a full time mediator of real estate and business disputes in Southern California. His website is http://karpmediation.com .

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2 Comments
  1. My only comment is that I wish Prime Minister Abe had used the term “acceptance” instead of “tolerance.”

    “Tolerance – You have your beliefs, and another has his; you hold to your particular form of religion and another to his; you are a Christian, another is a Mahomedan, and yet another a Hindu. You have these religious dissensions and distinctions, but yet you talk of brotherly love, tolerance and unity – not that there must be uniformity of thought and ideas. The tolerance of which you speak is merely a clever invention of the mind; this tolerance merely indicates the desire to cling to your own idiosyncrasies, your own limited ideas and prejudices, and allow another to pursue his own. In this tolerance there is no intelligent diversity, but only a kind of superior indifference. There is utter falsity in this tolerance. You say, “You continue in your own way, and I shall continue in mine; but let us be tolerant, brotherly.” When there is true brotherliness, friendliness, when there is love in your heart, then you will not talk of tolerance. Only when you feel superior in your certainty, in your position, in your knowledge, only then do you talk of tolerance. You are tolerant only when there is distinction. With the cessation of distinction, there will be no talk of tolerance. Then you will not talk of brotherhood, for then in your hearts you are brothers.” – J. Krishnamurti
    (http://www.jkrishnamurti.org/krishnamurti-teachings/view-daily-quote/20100908.php?t=Tolerance)

    • Actually, we cannot really know if he meant tolerance, although the word cropped up in the English language version of his speech. Perhaps the real meaning was “lost in translation,” as it were. Thanks for the comment nevertheless.

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