Charlotte, aged 14

Our work for peace must begin within the private world of each one of us. To build a world without fear, we must be without fear. To build a world of justice, we must be just. –Dag Hammarskjöld 

A Brighter World

Peace is tranquility and the absence of war.  But it is much more than not participating in physical violence. Political unrest takes roots in feelings of anger and jealousy that we all have. It is human nature but we can learn to not assume the worst in people. We are all a different version of the prototype human. It’s time we all took part in embodying peace because, as Dag Hammarskjöld so rightfully stated, “Our work for peace must begin within the private world of each one of us.” Peace in the external sense has to come from a sense of peace that comes from within called inner peace. We need to find harmony with the Earth itself and with each other.

It is easy to feel that politicians are responsible for the unrest and wars that were present in the past and continue to harm the lives of innocent people. We blind ourselves that the arguments we start with our friends and families are the same thing. We not only disrespect the environment and the choices others make. I believe that it is time that we stop thinking that we are completely innocent, and that others are to blame for peace. For how can we keep international peace and peace with the Earth if we cannot even remain peaceful with the people we love most?

A lot of anger that we show to other people comes from being insecure. We’ve all been mean to someone or thought something unkind about someone. But if, for a change, we could all wake up one morning and decide to do something kind for another person, our world would be a better place. We all have capable hands, yet we tend to just let them hang by our sides.

There are all kinds of agitation and distress that make people lash out to others. Racism, discrimination, bullying; no one understands why they happen, but daily there are victims to the hatred of others. Insecure themselves, persecutors find fault in others to make them feel as bad as they feel. It’s shocking that one person has the power to break down the world of another person. Explaining, though, that someone with power has the power to create conflict that will affect hundreds. To someone in a small town or village, it may be tough to see how they can make a global impact but it’s possible. I, myself, am just one person in a growing population of around 7 billion. One is weak, but 7 billion stand strong. A message needs to be conveyed of our need to be more understanding.

Whether we believe in God or Allah, we are all the same. We all have the capacity to feel love and hate and fear and pride. Have all our deities not told us to be kind and considerate and to put love before hatred? Why is there conflict between religions? Religion is about believing in and loving a god, not about fighting. So when we ourselves are in a situation where there is a disagreement of culture of religion, accept them for believing what they believe. They share the same devotion that you feel but for something different. We should be thankful that we aren’t all the same because the world would be an incredibly boring place.

It is time that we overcome these major issues that we, ourselves, have created. I hope that one day, bullying and discrimination will be things of the past. Our generation will change the world one day so peace can become something so natural and expected that we no longer need the world, for we will not know any other way of life. We all have weapons, whether they are verbal or physical, so it is time we drop our armor to join hands in harmony.


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Sharing entires to the United Nations Peace Essay competitions run by the Information Service in Geneva in 2011
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