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On March 24, 2013, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) organized Public Lecture in Hiroshima, Japan by Dr. Winston E. Langley, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Massachusetts, Boston. In his speech titled "Hiroshima and the Trajectory of History”, he claimed that the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima (and Nagasaki) represent the consummation of a long, cruel road in the process of thingification of human beings, and it was made possible the replacement of the use of human and animal muscle power with the harness inanimate forces of nature. He further stated, "Article 9 [of the Japanese Constitution] and Hiroshima invite us to transform the trajectory of history, to create where we once destroyed, to hope where we once despaired, to share what we once took, to seek unity and solidarity, where we pursued division and disassociation, and to affirm and embody liberation where we once sought domination."


Dr. Winston E. Langley at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum


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