YOUNG WORLD

Quest for peace

A new look at peace and what every individual can do to achieve this.

S. KULANDHAISAMY

Give peace a chance...

Give peace a chance...  

It is time to think of global peace. "Peace and justice", "Globe as a village" seem more relevant today than "my peace" and "my nation".

It is necessary to imbibe these new concepts, and allow your vision of peace to transcend into the higher realms.

This column will talk of ideas on global peace and what each person can do towards establishing "Peace and justice".

The first and most important thing a person could do is to talk of the need for peace. John Stuart Mill said: "If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."

Marin Neimoeller, a German Lutheran pastor who was arrested by the Gestapo and sent to a concentration camp in Dachau in 1938, wrote this piece about individual action:

"In Germany, the Nazis first came for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak for me."

He was freed by the Allied forces in 1945.

Source: Richard Zimmerman, What Can I Do To Make A Difference?Plume BOO, Penguin Books, Rs. 375;

Courtesy: Peace Ideas, Philippines

Rabindranath Tagore sang:

Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, But be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, But for the heart to conquer it. Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved, But hope for the patience to win my freedom.

Recommended for you