The year 2000 is for all of us a privileged moment to reconsider the future with hope. The dawn of a millennium always bears a promise. However, as it is clearly stated in the title of the Conference, the goal is not to dream of a ‘glorious’ future, but rather to draw the conclusions from a painful past in order to build a better future, without hatred, without genocide. In order to achieve this you have called upon historical science, religion, ethics and also education and culture. The past shows us that science alone cannot guarantee peace and love of one’s neighbour; neither can ethics or religion, or even culture, for they all can be enlisted into the service of fanaticism or hatred.
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