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The Aug. 6 article by the Rev. Eric Freed, “Purpose of remembering,” was one of the most appropriate statements yet with regard to the 64th anniversary of the atomic explosions at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. With persuasive and quiet eloquence, Freed appealed for our unavoidable commitment to being creative historical critics not only to gain a personal sense of peace but also to strive for an inclusive sense of community as a member of the human family.

Remembering is not always pleasant or emotionally fulfilling, but it can be a step toward maturing and becoming an active contributor to the world guided by compassion and a yearning for justice. The article should be read by as many people as possible beyond the circle of Japan Times readers.

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