A Nuclear Disarmament Framework

Ten Key Aspects of Daisaku Ikeda’s Nuclear Disarmament Theory and Practice

Daisaku Ikeda's annual peace proposals consistently address the urgent matter of nuclear weapons disarmament. Additionally, in 2009, he issued a full proposal devoted solely to abolition. In 2018, the Center's Mitch Bogen analyzed these proposals for core themes, and developed this framework for understanding and implementing Mr. Ikeda's multi-faceted approach to nuclear disarmament. He highlighted ten key aspects, which can be considered in terms of four overlapping dimensions, always with an emphasis on dialogue and alternative thinking:

- Education
- Spirituality/Philosophy
- Civil society
- Politics

The Ten Aspects

1. Emphasize the solidarity and actions of ordinary citizens

a. Civil society actions
b. Personal dialoguing
c. Educational projects

2. Question assumptions and justifications about nuclear weapons use and inevitability

a. Public discourse
b. Political actions
c. Education settings

3. Create a shared vision

a. Engage in dialogue at all levels, from personal to international
b. Organize through NGOs
c. Think creatively about commonalities, e.g., joining realist and pacifist positions

4. Develop mutual trust

a. Draw upon religious traditions
b. Emphasize principles such as dignity, empathy, and interdependence

5. Proceed with determination and confidence

a. Build on history of nuclear abolition movement and learn from predecessors
b. Consciously create a non-defeatist narrative
c. Support civil society initiatives

6. Work for transformation of consciousness and develop new habits

a. Promote the bodhisattva mindset, religious and secular
b. Holistic education

7. Stress “human security” and “humanitarian competition”

a. Alternative thinking to move beyond traditional liberal-conservative dichotomy

8. Keep focus on the absolute moral and legal impermissibility of nuclear weapons use, with goal of complete abolition

a. Draw on both religious and humanist traditions
b. Frame debates in these terms

9. Establish clear and achievable action steps toward ultimate goal

a. Pragmatism is essential. Draw on Dewey, others.

10. Mobilize the passion of youth

a. Creative civil society actions
b. Education about and for disarmament

 

 

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