A forum for a better world
I found one of the most cherished treasures of my library in a second hand bookstore, in the middle of the 1990s. These are the “Peace, Happiness and Prosperity” magazines (PHP), sponsored by Konosuke Matsushita, founder of Panasonic company.
They are magazines from the 70’s, and they had the purpose of disseminating small, simple ideas, to try to make a world of peace, happiness and prosperity. Texts written often by ordinary people, hence the name “Forum”.
One of the texts posed a question: why answering the phone is more urgent than giving attention to the person who is talking to you, face to face?
Another text was about what Japan had learned from World War II. Described the industrialization of Japan, victories over China and Russia, the role in the First World War, and finally the consequences of World War II. In 1975, the terrible wounds of war were still open.
They were concise, small insights articles, almost naive, with the true purpose of making the world a happier place: articles about kites in Japan, traditions of Indian women, the Japanese thought of death, reflections about education, and so on…
I bought the first of these magazines for 1 real (0,25 dollars), at the second hand store. I read it, passionately, and returned the next day to buy all the issues that were on sale there, exactly 10 in total, amounting 10 reals.
I have never found another issues of these magazine for sale.
PHP Institute still exists today:
But the magazine itself does not exist in the format that I liked so much. It has a good side. At least in my memories, the PHP Magazine is still alive, equal, inspiring me to write small or large articles, always with the purpose of providing a different insight, a new idea for a better world.
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