Can The World Ever Experience Peace?
Most people on Earth desire long healthy lives with enough of the things that they need to survive and be comfortable. It is part of the human condition. This is often what comes to mind when people think of peace. As such, this goal is one that many have fought and died for. The sad truth is, it is not even known whether true lasting peace can ever be experienced. This essay seeks to answer the stated question: Can worldwide peacefulness be experienced?
As negative as this response may sound, there are a great many reasons to believe it. There are many different groups and affiliations to which people owe their loyalty. Belonging to one group by necessity means not having membership of any of the others. This can encourage feelings of superiority which lead those who are in the group to say things about non members which are absolutely vile so that harming them seems like a valid choice. As long as there are divisions between groups there will be reasons for conflict. Most of these reasons are very illogical but they can cause or maintain centuries long conflicts. The majority of wars actually follow this very format
Depending on how the word ‘peace’ is defined, it becomes a much more attainable concept. World peace could come about as a result of all of the world’s concerned citizens deciding to meditate or use other means to improve themselves spiritually. This could ripple out over time to gradually affect the negative elements in societies. This would take years, perhaps even decades of organized efforts by dedicated volunteers who understand that the fruits of their labor may not be visible for years or longer. Peace could also be attained according to Marxist philosophy if the bourgeoisie were overthrown by the proletariat and the factors of production turned over to the masses. The main message is that the peace we desire is difficult to cultivate in the society we currently have although some methods exist.
Total peace would require the absence of life. Life strives on turmoil and it is only from difficult situations that we can learn the skills we need to handle bigger more impressive challenges. The question is not just about whether or not we should seek peace in totality but the extent to which we should accept disharmony as necessary.
Published on December 9th, 2015
What peace means to me…
In a country, Peace is a term that most commonly refers to an absence of aggression, violence or hostility. Peace isn’t the absence of violence but rather the presence of justice. In a society, peace happens when different desires are in one agreement. Peace is based on many things, culture, education, family values, experience, & history (to name a few) but the basis is the same----to co-exist without war, killing, & overpowering a fellow being.
According to me, Peace is the feeling that all's right with the world. When everyone around me in my family, my friend circle and my neighbourhood is happy, eager to love, accept and relate… I feel at peace. Also, to me it means following what my heart says and sharing mutual trust and respect for people around me.
However, in today’s world, peace and harmony face various threats. Terrorism, regional imbalance, economic disparity, and social inequality are some of the factors which threaten peace today. We all are so engrossed in our busy lifestyles and yet want our lives to be peaceful. We expect that peace to be omnipresent but what we need to realize is the fact that if we want peace- we have to live peacefully, love everyone, forgive, forget, etc.
It’s not enough to stand around asking if world peace will ever happen because that won’t do anything. Actions speak louder than any words. If everyone starts living the peaceful, loving way, things will change. But someone has to start and lead by example. Mahatma Gandhi once said "You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
We can’t rely on anyone else to do this. We have to do these ourselves.
Acceptance, compassion, and tolerance are the foundation of peace.
Mahatma Gandhi showed that peace ends suffering and oppression, not by warring against an enemy but by bearing witness to wrongs and allowing sympathy and common humanity to do their patient work. Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa lived different aspects of peace, which was proven to be a viable way to achieve great things.
In the end, I would like to conclude by presenting this touching poem I found on net, which describes that peace takes the form we give it.
I took a walk the other day
and I asked Peace to come with me.
We walked in silence most of the way
Peace whispered that she
had something to say.
She sang a song about Peace on Earth
and held my hand in friendship
She looked into my eyes
in a compassionate way
She danced like the wind
on a calm summer’s eve,
and then breathed a sigh
which calmed my nerves.
She made a wish that,
by her hand,
wars would end
oppression would end
And Justice would reign.
Peace took me in her arms
and rocked me to sleep
And while I dreamed,
Peace became me.
A LAST WISH
I loved you with my heart,
I loved you with my soul,
But the world kept us apart,
And gifted my heart, with a painful hole…
My life is short and I will die,
But just once, can’t I say good bye..?
I want to look in your eyes,
And say “don’t cry...”
I know that I won’t find you,
You are thousand miles away.
Can’t these borders be erased?
Just for today?
I remember the day,
When you went away,
To fight with bullets and guns,
To run with pouring blood n wounds,
As if they were your companions.
I could sense something wrong,
Unaware of the unlucky star.
My senses proved me right,
You were among the prisoners of war...
My tears went dry,
And my fears started to cry,
I didn’t know whether,
You would live or die...
And now my life is on its verge,
Life is slowly drowning,
And death is waiting to emerge.
My last wish is that you come to my funeral,
And sing me a dirge…