The world today is characterized by the persistence of armed conflicts, particularly in the Middle East. But also by the challenge of international terrorism and the confrontation of great empires. In this context, it may seem difficult to believe that the world will one day be at peace.
It is indeed difficult, but not impossible and it requires patience, willpower and imagination. Here are some initiatives for peace that are within everyone's reach.
Have inner peace
Individual peace is the foundation of peace in the world according to Prem Rawat, a Messenger of Peace. Everyone has the responsibility to grow peace in him so that peace becomes general. Peace is indeed a common and universal goal. Cultivating peace can contribute to a better world.
The Constitution of UNESCO states that it is from the minds of men that wars begin, so it is in their very spirit that the defense of peace must be born. You must have peace in yourself, be at peace with your loved ones and the people around you so that peace can radiate in this world. If everyone cultivates inner peace, society would be composed of individuals living in harmony.
Transmit human values to children
Children will have to be taught to disavow all forms of violence. We must develop their ability to live together. Young people must be trained from the earliest age in mediation and conflict management techniques. We must also develop their critical spirit, promote dialogue, tolerance and respect for difference.
They must be taught to freely express their divergence other than claim to be right through violence. For example, Prem Rawat's peace education program is an excellent tool to use. The concept of peace must be taught to children from an early age. It is everyone's contribution that can make this happen: parents, schools, neighbors … are all responsible to this or else they will be victims of violence for every child they have misled with their education.
Cultivate peace and non-violence
Society would be harmonious if everyone shared the culture of peace and non-violence. It is not just about ending a conflict. Violence can also be outside any conflict and present itself through:
- Social inequalities,
- Discrimination against women,
- The rejection of the other because of his difference,
- The irrational exploitation of the environment.
The culture of peace is about developing everyday attitudes, a way of thinking and values that promote equality, sharing, tolerance, respect and generosity. This culture of peace must be substituted for that of violence, which is too present in today's society. This is exacerbated by:
- Fights in sports or in schoolyards,
- Animosity in movies and cartoons,
- Aggressive driving in cars,
- Indifference, intolerance and selfishness.
To cultivate peace, we must profoundly transform the reflexes, ways of thinking and habits of each. The culture of peace is an action within everyone's reach.
And of course, it is not something that can happen overnight. It will take time like people who grow some vegetable. They sow the seed, water and weed, add fertilizers and keep the sun off the young plants. The culture of peace takes time to achieve.