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Created: October 10, 2001
Latest Update: October 10, 2001


Sun Rise? Sun  Set? by Eiko Yamazaki

Sun Rise? Sun Set?
by Eiko Yamazaki

Copyright: Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata and Eiko Yamazaki and Individual Authors: September 2001.
"Fair use" encouraged.

On Wednesday, October 10, 2001, Eiko Yamazaki, Soka University, wrote:

Dear Jeanne,

Hello. How are you? Sorry for having a hiatus since the last time I sent you my poem and the description for my picture. I have created another artwork to express my feeling. The title is "Sun rise? Sun set?" It expresses my shock at the final attacks by the U.S. and Britain on Oct 7th.

I think that now it is very difficult to stop the violence, and to make our world peaceful as we were all dreaming before. Now is the time to really think not about the present, but the future. What I mean is that we need to ponder the next step in this process of attack and retaliation. We still have choice to think about this dilemma in good faith. If we allow ourselves to think that the world is going to be worse and there isno hope for the future, that could happen. What we should do, as the attacks have already started, is to rethink how we can now contribute to world peace. So the picture asks what shall it be: "Sun rise?" or "Sun set?". What I hope that many people will say is "Sun rise", because we are looking for hope.

The picture also includes the meaning that we all, "humans" (no matter what religion we profess, what nationality we are, what ethnic groups we belong to ....etc.), share the same "sun", the same "ocean" and the same"sky". We are all "humans"! No matter our differences! I think that now it is a time to consider issues of "human dignity" and "human rights". And also in the picture, you can see that all sun, sky and ocean are blended at the centre. This is also showing that we are "sharing" everything.

I would like to send another poem soon! The action I have chosen to take is to not think of this whole issue negatively, but positively, hoping that one day, we would all become brothers and sisters in the peaceful world!

Talk to you soon!


On Wednesday, October 10, 2001, jeanne responded:

Eiko, that is beautifully expressed. As Jean Paul Sartre made so clear in his writings on existentialism, we DO have choices, even when the structural context limits them to the point that we may think we have none. The October 7 attacks on Afghanistan DO plunge us into violence and may limit our hopes for peace even more than the original attack on the World Trade Center. But we still have the choice to permeate our own thinking and interpersonal interactions with peaceful thoughts, with an eye to the future. Recall also that Gordon Fellman in Rambo and the Dalai Lama cautions us that we do not seek a world devoid of either adversarialism or mutuality, but that we seek a world that balances the two to maintain harmony in the real structural context in which we live.

Bridget Jackson today expressed similar ideas in her painting in response to the attacks. If I can locate a scanner, I'll get it up on the site for us. I look forward to many more poems and artworks.

love and peace, jeanne