When in peace, people create war; when in war, people seek for peace. And when not in war people still cannot find peace. So what is the real meaning of peace? Peace has been defined variously, but the question is that does the absence of war really show that the world is in peace? The answer is definitely not. This definition, which suited only the previous century, is out of dated in today society. In this 21st century, peace is much more complex and has deeper meaning. Personally, I define the word ‘peace’ as the state of safe and sound without violence, human rights abuse, and discrimination, yet with democracy, unity, and equal justice.
So is the world in peace today? Obviously not. In the Middle East, thousands of civilians were dead in demonstration and revolution – currently in Syria and Egypt; in Africa, children died because of starvation; in Southeast Asia, tension over the South China Sea dispute; in North Korea, nuclear weapon threatening; civil wars, terrorism, and religious oppression and other human rights violation in many places. All of these have not mentioned about the environmental issues such as pollution, climate change, global warming, etc.
Now let’s take a quick look at my country, Cambodia. After having experienced three decade of war-toned, Cambodia today are in peace, but not a real peace because the people remain living in hardship and having limited rights in term of civil, social, economy, and politics; therefore, how come they have an inner peace inside their mind. Similarly, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd United States President, created a principle of four freedoms including freedom of speech and expression, freedom from want, freedom from fear, and freedom of religion. Thus, if men are living in limited rights, poverty, and fear, they will never experience peace in their state of mind. Only a real democracy country can bring true peace for its country.
So when will the world be in real peace? Never, never in a second. This idea is just so idealistic. There is no perfect world to live. This only exists in an imaginary world, not in a real world since people have different mindset and not everyone love peace due to the fact that they can gain take advantages from disturbed circumstances.
On the other hand, it does not mean that we cannot do nothing and keep this world remain like this. We certainly can do something to influence on this situation. We as human have to harmonize with one another and together fight to eliminate and solve all of those issues to build our world with peace or at least we can enjoy more peace than less peace. Eleanor Roosevelt said “It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” Last word, grow peace in yourself before your surroundings.