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On a clear California day in February 1990, I spoke with the American
journalist Norman Cousins (1915–90). I will never forget his words on
that occasion, reflecting his belief in the importance of overcoming the
feelings of powerlessness and cynicism that can take root in the human
heart: 'What is the greatest human tragedy? It is not death per se. The
real tragedy is death in life―though your body survives, something
important inside you has perished.'
That 'something important inside you' to which Mr. Cousins referred
could be summed up as a solid belief in one's own incredible inner
SGI Newsletter No.No. 8818, Learning from the Writings of Nichiren
Daishonin: The Teachings for Victory  "The Embankments of Faith."
Believe in Your Infinite Potential and Strengthen Your Faith More Than
Ever! From the Feb. 2013 Daibyaku Renge, translated 5th Aug., 2013