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Peace and I

UNESCO marks end November every year as International Philosophy Day to celebrate, in particular, the importance of philosophical reflection, and to encourage people all over the world to share their philosophical heritage with each other.

For centuries, in every culture, philosophy has given birth to concepts, ideas and analyses, and, through this, has set down the basis for critical, independent and creative thought. For UNESCO, philosophy provides the conceptual bases of principles and values on which world peace depends: democracy, human rights, justice, and equality. Many thinkers state that “astonishment” is the root of philosophy. Indeed, philosophy stems from man's natural tendency to be astonished by himself/herself and the world in which he/she live. This field, which sees itself as a form of “wisdom”, teaches us to reflect on reflection itself, to continually question well-established truths, to verify hypotheses and to find conclusions. Philosophy helps consolidate these authentic foundations of peaceful coexistence. It affords us, the opportunity to think about different questions such as: “Who are we as individuals and as a world community?” It is up to us to reflect upon the state of the world and determine whether it corresponds to our ideals of justice and equality.

This Philosophy Day thus provides us with the occasion to ask ourselves questions that are often forgotten: “What do we neglect to think about?” “Which intolerable realities do we get used to?” Can you send us some reflections on these questions?

Youth for Peace and NXG urge young people in educational institutions all over to make preparations to have events in January 2011 on “Peace and I”. Ideate and send us information.

We will send them to UNESCO to be listed in the International year of Peace activities. Young musicians Vikram Raghavan and Rithvik Raja of Youth Association for Classical Music are now busy composing a theme song for Youth for Peace project. They are looking at Konnakkol for a universal language of peace interspersed with words from languages from all over.

Any one from among you who has any ideas for music with the theme “Peace and I” may please write to us at youthforpeace10@gmail.com or aseema123@yahoo.com

On January 28 the Vellore Institute of Technology will host the “Peace and I” convention and on January 30, 2011, the Aseema Trust invites all young people to be at Tilakar Tidal opposite Presidency College on the Marina beach in Chennai at 5.00 p.m. to sing songs of peace.


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