War, violence, racism, xenophobia, and suffering are of the many afflictions the world is forced to face. War destroys homes, families, and tightly-knit communities. Innocent individuals that have been forced to experience this may suffer from anxiety, depression, and other forms of unnoticeable effects of long-term trauma. Therefore, on the 21st of September, the world comes together in unison and celebrates the International Day of Peace. This day is solely devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.
Despite increased connectivity and interdependence across the world’s nations, societies, and cultures, human relations appear to be deteriorating. Conflict and bloodshed appear to be erupting everywhere we look, from Yemen to Myanmar, Syria to Sudan, and Haiti to Ukraine.
Achieving real peace entails far much more than just laying down arms. It necessitates the formation of societies in which all members believe they can thrive. It involves creating a world in which people are treated equally as one, regardless of their race.
War and conflict are far beyond our control, but we too can play a significant role in bringing peace to our personal lives. How are we expected to play our role in fostering peace?
We can start by trying our hardest to deconstruct the foundations that sustain racism in our surroundings. Supporting movements for equality, speaking out against hate speech, and promoting anti-racism in our interpersonal relationships are all great ways to tackle the problem head-on.
Make sure to do whatever you can and join the combined efforts of the entire world as we all work towards a world free of violence and racism.
Written by : Rtr. Shaun Yogeshwaran
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