Peace for me, it’s the desire to live a life free from war and free from life-threatening physical violence. In addition, peace for me also means not experiencing oppression, social inequality, and other structural violence. Living in peace means the absence of fear, doubt, and uncertainty.
Maybe we must question our standard of living first and take care of our environment and stop the damage we cause on a daily basis before we can achieve peace?
Is our country truly at peace, if we are afraid to be shot outside our homes? Are we peaceful, if we feel so much hate that we cannot listen to each other anymore?
Are we living peacefully if our kids are afraid to get killed in school?
I don’t know it all (far from it) but doesn’t peace requires a democratic system in which justice prevails and human rights are respected -all human rights. Lately, we all seem to solely focus on Ukraine and Russia and we seem to forget our own country, our cities, and our neighborhoods.
Peace is not just a word used to describe stability between two countries that once were at war.
In my eyes, peace is a commitment. We should not simply take peace for granted, but be critical, inform ourselves and fight for it. We need to continue to share the war experiences and the history many of our parents and grandparents lived through. We need to be understanding of the need for peace and therefore also contribute to the maintenance of peace.
Peace is not just a word, it’s a lifestyle. Peace is not just stability between two countries, but also between their people.
In order to find peace, we need to come together. A fair, respectful, and diplomatic culture of dialogue enables common solutions that can also be found in the form of compromises. Our focus should be on the community, on what unites us. In this way, we get to know each other, put aside prejudices, make positive experiences and build a common trust.
In peace, we can meet our needs and uphold our dignity. Peace makes much of what is important to us possible in the first place, be it health, tolerance, or happiness. In times of peace, we can develop ourselves, unfold freely and discover ourselves. We do not need to fear strangers but can meet them in a friendly and open way. We can create a sense of togetherness that is based on deep and sustainable relationships and forms the basis for an active civil society.
In peace, we can offer our children undisturbed development and build shared capacities to address global challenges that can only be tackled together.
In peace, we can dream and live our dreams.
The greatest thrill is not to kill but to let live.”
― James Oliver Curwood, The Grizzly King