Every leader in the world aims to find a lasting solution to problems that beset our planet but so far peace on earth has continued to be an elusive dream. There are many fraternities all over the world that promote the idea of world peace and one of these which is also the largest organization amongst these is the United Nations. Politicians have offered so many ideas on how to achieve peace but none has yet come up with a solid answer to the question. In fact more often than not, organizations like the U.N get the blame for the unrest in the world.
Why is world peace so difficult to achieve? Perhaps the answer lies within oneself. What have I done to make this world a better place to live? How have I treated my family and my neighbours?
Is it possible to achieve world peace in the first place? A lot of people, politicians as well as great thinkers believe so no wonder an organization like the UN exists. Maybe the question is, can it possibly happen in my lifetime? Only time will tell, but I think that as long everybody makes a conscious effort to work for it then maybe, just maybe, the world at large stands a chance of seeing some signs of world peace.
What constitutes world peace? Some people think that it is a resolution of a conflict that will bring about world peace but I think that in addition to that, should be the absence of hunger, deprivation or social justice will be a sign that world peace is happening. It is like looking at the forest without seeing the trees, instead of the other way around. The perennial question is where to start?
If all people take the time to read the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, Confucius or take a few minutes to look at the bible, the common denominator lies with the so-called “Golden rule” which states that “Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you.” This teaching rings true even today when we look at how people are treated in some parts of the world. War, violence, famine, as well as social injustice are all handmaids of the devil.
If we strive to treat other people like our brothers, living harmoniously with one another, treating each other fairly there would be no conflict and the rest follows. Therefore I think in order to achieve world peace we have to start with ourselves, being agents of good will. How then can one be an agent or ambassador of good will? I think it is living with neighbours peacefully and doing business with each other fairly and honestly.
When we start treating other people well, we can inspire others to do the same. By paying the good deeds forward, the number of people can multiply incredibly and eventually it will spread and infect others like an epidemic. We cannot expect peace in the world unless we give that which in our heart we are prepared to sacrifice. All I am trying to say is that we cannot just wait on the United Nations to strive for or find world peace then be quick to jump on their necks when they fail to take care of a situation.
“We are the world, we are the children. We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let’s start giving, there’s a choice we’re making, and we’re saving our own lives. It’s true we’ll make a better day. Just you and me.” – Michael Jackson (We are the world)