Eagle Peak Annual

SGI President Ikeda's annual proposal for making the world a better place.
Our friend Nicholas Rossis graciously allowed a reprint of his short story Simulation Over, from Power of Six.
Contributing to others, says Keith Robinson, is the main requirement for a happy life.

A Shared Pledge for a More Humane Future

Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association, has today issued his 2015 peace proposal, “A Shared Pledge for a More Humane Future: To Eliminate Misery from the Earth.” In the proposal, Ikeda welcomes the ambitious scale of the United Nations’ proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which call for putting an end [...]

Simulation Over

Stealing a panicked look behind me, I bolted towards the corridor where the nearest elevator could be found. I kept glancing behind me. Mercifully, this corridor was empty, unlike the last ones, which crawled with… what do I even call them? Until a few hours ago, they were my colleagues. Now, deformed, grotesque creatures had [...]

Beauty, Gain and Goodness

84 years ago saw the publication of Tsunesaburo Makiguchi's book, The System of Value-Creating Pedagogy. Makiguchi identified three values – beauty, gain and goodness. He thought that the purpose of education - schools, families, and society's purpose in raising children - should be to teach how to create values. Makiguchi came to believe that his [...]

Becoming a Writer–Part 1

For some reason, like me, you decided you want to write. Maybe you do have a book in you, just waiting to come out. Maybe you want to become famous, share your innermost thoughts, pass along your vast reservoir of knowledge or simply have fun. With relative ease one can, of course, create an eBook [...]

An Extended Excerpt from Waiting for Westmoreland

On the ground at last, after the long flight from Guam, the plane taxied past sandbag-clad heavy steel revetments surrounding bombers and fighters on three sides. As we rolled to a stop, the flight attendant popped the door, allowing the cool cabin air to escape. Tropical heat—asphalt-softening, frying eggs on a sidewalk heat—washed in like [...]

Southern Poverty Law Center

The second in our series of clips regarding our weblinks. Lawyers Morris Dees and Joe Levin founded SPLC in 1971. This is a group which we have included under the Humanism heading, for reasons that will be obvious as you read on. As their website notes, “In the decades since its founding, the SPLC has [...]