Friday, April 5, 2013

Iceland’s Culture of Peace

I had the pleasure of attending the opening of the exhibit “From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace" organized by the Icelandic Chapter of Soka Gakkai International (SGI)—a Buddhist organization with over 12 million lay members worldwide. SGI is dedicated to the abolition of nuclear weapons, the promotion of peace, culture, and education. We were honored to be invited and very pleased to represent President Obama who is firmly committed to moving towards a nuclear free world. Living in Iceland, one comes to expect to come across many, many individuals fiercely committed to peace and fostering understanding between people. After all, this is where a major summit took place. I might add that the performance by Selma Bjornsdottir was moving and fitting for the occasion.