|From Journey of Repentance 2009|
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Dialogue with Japanese College Students in Tacoma
The students were so attentive and receptive, and had well thought out questions. "Do most Americans really believe that the A and H Bombs were what ended the war?" "What do you think about American troops in Japan?" "Do you have peace activism in Tacoma?"
On my way home, I thought of how important it is to share the meaning of nonviolence with young people like these who are so eager to embrace that message. I sensed absolutely no resistance or opposition to that message. Our young people are our hope, not only for the future, but also for the here and now.
I was touched by the easy, gentle, cheerful rapport Ms. Watters had with her students.
-- Tom Karlin, July 21, 2009