Peace is a state of quiet and stability. If a country is at peace, there is
order, harmony, and tolerance. Its people feel secure and live in relative
prosperity. If there is peace in every country, there will be peace in the
world. Sadly, world peace is but a dream.
Throughout history, there have been
wars; with the two world wars in the 20th century being the most
well-remembered. No region in the world has been spared. The African continent
has endured more than 20 civil wars since 2005. One of the more recent conflicts
is the Syrian revolution which has caused the death of more than 70,000 people
by early 2013. North Korea, China, Pakistan and Iran continue to arm themselves
with nuclear weapons and there are fears of a third world war where these
weapons will be unleashed. One thing is for
sure, there are no fears of another war after that because the earth would be
totally destroyed if there were a nuclear war.
What causes these conflicts that destroy peace and lives? Peace is threatened
by a combination of factors. The most common causes are greed for resources,
thirst for power and disagreement in ideologies. Many conflicts are a result of
one nation coveting another's resources which include land, water, and oil.
Others are due to a leader's desire to extend his territory and power. Great
historical conquerors such as Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan went to war
with many countries for both reasons. In modem times, many conflicts have arisen
due to different interests and ideologies. As long as these factors exist, peace
can never be achieved. It is the nature of man, his greed, desire to rule over
others and intolerance that has led to violence and destruction through the
Does this mean that there is no hope for a peaceful world? Perhaps not. There
are groups of people across the globe that believe something can be done to work
towards world peace. The first step is to start with ourselves. We must practise
self-control and tolerance personally. We need to teach our children to
shun violence, to accept differences and to
turn the other cheek. When harmonious
relationships become a way of life in a nation, there will be peace in that
nation. And if every nation adopts a culture of peace and harmony, there is hope
that the world will be at peace.
The key to world peace lies in your hand and mine. It begins with us. Embrace
peace as a personal value, pass on the message to others, support peacekeeping
efforts at every level and see things change. We have the power to make world
peace a reality.