Chris, aged 14

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

To build a world with peace you must stay passive and not take any sides; picking sides may just lead to more conflict. For a leader to maintain peace it is always important to think about the consequences of his actions, with action there is always consequence. I think that if you want your community and social life to be peaceful you need to start with yourself. Behaving badly and having a negative state of mind can lead to it spreading to everyone around you. You should always try and stay positive so that others can learn from you; if your day was bad it doesn’t mean you have to make someone’s day bad too.

I think that a very good example of not picking sides is Switzerland. Switzerland is a neutral country which does not want any conflict therefore it doesn’t pick sides anyone so that other countries don’t attack and also Switzerland doesn’t have to attack them.

Many countries have been able to stay peaceful likeNew Zealand and most of the northern European countries like Sweden, Finland, Norway etc.

I think that peace in a country can’t come from just from the leader the most important cause is the people. They need to treat each other as they would like to be treated, if they want the people to treat them well and respect them then they need to do the same back.

A good example of this is school. If one student in a class starts rebelling against the teacher and starts talking, the rest will follow and do the same. It is much more difficult to reverse the action once it has spread; if someone does something bad and the rest follows it is very difficult for one person to fix it.


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