Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, renowned activist, medical doctor, academic, global public servant, political thinker, and Co-President of the Club of Rome was interviewed by the Seikyo Shimbun as part of its monthly Culture of Peace series.
During the interview, Dr. Ramphele stresses that in the face of our unprecedented global crisis, now is a rare moment for us to make fundamental changes in our behavior as human beings to build a culture of peace. Each individual’s human revolution, she explains, is the key to creating a new human civilization. Dr. Ramphele shares: “I believe that peace starts inside you. If you are not at peace, you cannot be a peacemaker. If you are not at peace, you cannot have peace in your home, your community, or your country. Peace is not the absence of war; it is a state of harmony. The true value is life. It is well-being. What gives us joy is seeing other people joyful. The new human civilization that we want to emerge will be the result of working together as a human race to change the way we think and our values. That is how we build a culture of peace.”
The full text of the interview can be downloaded as a PDF file. The Culture of Peace series was launched in 2019 to mark the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace (UN General Assembly Resolution A/53/243). The interview was first published in the Seikyo Shimbun, a daily newspaper of the Soka Gakkai in Japan, on 17 September 2020.