To end the human institution of war and relegate it to history along with such barbarous practices as slavery—at one time also considered a natural and inevitable “part of human nature”—we must establish respect for the inviolable dignity of human life as the core value of our age.

Stories of Hope

The Spirit of Reverence for Life

Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai will be forever remembered for empowering women and protecting our planet. She also promoted the Japanese “mottainai” spirit—treasuring life and wasting nothing.

Stories of Hope

Another Way of Seeing Things

Arnold Toynbee

Historian Arnold Toynbee dared to challenge stereotypes of people and cultures—and was fired from London University as a result.