Karina, aged 15

“ 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 Hammarskjold

In our 21st century there is a lot of scientific and technological progress which helps us get a better life, however humanity cannot overcome a painful heritage of the past centuries, wars. Wars occur because of misunderstandings between individuals, groups or countries and because of wrong government policies. War is the continuation of politics but with other sources: which are either ran by governments, oligarch groups or religious leaders.

Simple things, like changes in aspects of religion, movements, forces, trends or policies can at once create a war. However these same factors but in different conditions and situations can create Peace, so everything really depends on how we set it.

Any kind of compromise out of which we can reach Peace, even if it is only a weak hope for Peace, is many times better than any kind of war. Wars cause : destruction, bombings, deaths of innocent people, refugees, hunger, illnesses, unsanitary conditions ; and overall horror. None of these are factors of Peace.

In theory, we could have already learned from our previous mistakes, since we have already seen the horrendous consequences. ‘we got burnt on the same fire more than once.’ People should be taught to be patient, tolerant, respectful towards other cultures and traditions and always try to help the weakest but without humiliating their dignity or degrading them.

“ Our work for peace must begin within the private world of each one of us.”
is one of Dag Hammarskjold’s quotes. We should begin our internal work with our families, not only meaning parents and siblings but all our close friends and basically all the people that surround us. We should promote tolerance, respect and peacefulness.
We should help poor people get back on track, back on their feet because often, war, crises and other injustices put them into bad situations, out of which they cannot get out by themselves.

“ To build a world without fear, we must be without fear.”
We should not be afraid to speak out our opinions because maybe not worldwide, but they could make a change in our individual situations.

“ To build a world of justice, we must be just.”
Since not all of us are judges or take part in tribunals, we should still always make an attempt to be just on decisions of our everyday life. Our selfish acts and little lies concerning serious social and/or economical issues can create damage and harm other people.

As a worldwide famous writer, Tolstoy, said : “ Inside each soul there is war and Peace.” Therefore, everyone’s future lives depend on their soul, whether it is ruled by Peace or war. We are part of society and society influences our formation. So this world begins with our education and with the education of our future generations to stop future wars and make peace.

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