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The Balm of Forgiveness

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Faculty Essay


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"The garden is an extended shrine. Water flowing around the cenotaph reminds the pensive pilgrim of the chorus cry of thousands of charred victims: “Water! Water!” Victims’ names on the simple monument compose a litany for peace. “No more war! No more atomic bombs! No more nuclear threats!” A mound of dirt covered ashes tells the silent sojourner: this is what remains of thousands of mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. Off by itself there is a children’s shrine filled with multi-colored paper cranes. They are a symbol of hope for a healing peace. “If I finish one thousand of these, I will not die.” Unlike their doubting elders, children believe in miracles."

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