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Our Foundation—Discussion Meetings

The following is a reprint of an essay from SGI President Ikeda's "Light of the Century of Humanity" series, which originally appeared in December 11, 2009 Seiko Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai's daily newspaper.

You and I, joyful comrades from time without beginning, victorious champions. In his novel Elective Affinities written 200 years ago (in 1809), German author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) declared: “The pleasantest company is that in which a cheerful mutual deference and respect prevails.”[1]Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,Elective Affinities, translated by R.J. Hollingdale (London: Penguin Books,

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