On the Opening of Tokyo Soka Junior and Senior High School
Toward the Mainstream of Future Society
Daisaku Ikeda, Founder of the Soka Schools
April 4, 1968
The Tokyo Soka Junior and Senior High School finally held their long-awaited Commencement Ceremony on March 16 and will be holding their Entrance Ceremony on April 8. We cannot possibly imagine how happy our first President Makiguchi and second President Toda must be.
Whether the subject is civilization, politics, economics, science, industry or arts, the underlying theme is humanity, for it is human beings who drive all branches of learning, generate them and put them into practice. Furthermore, it is education that touches each individual and determines how the world will evolve in the next generation. For this reason, education is a task of the utmost significance.
The Greek philosopher Aristotle stated: “The fate of empires depends on the education of youth.”Today, the importance of education is not simply a national issue. I would like to emphasize that the fate of the world, humanity and our entire civilization depends on the education of our young people.A civilization that disregards the need to develop human wisdom will surely decay and deteriorate with the passage of time.
Education relates to the unique character of each individual student. And the inner state of life of each individual student subtly changes at every moment. For this reason, education can be considered the most difficult of all ventures, and those engaged in and dedicated to this task the most noble of all people.