What Use Are the Peace Prizes? Point Blank with Asian Weekly 15th September, 2017

15 Sep

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The world is going gaga over a new iPhone X and on the other side dealing with hurricanes wiping out homes and livelihoods. These are the contrasting times we are living in and with the global warming hitting the ever high it looks like this is what it will be like for the coming decades.

With a new administration in the United States, while there might be talk of another war, so far things are in control. For once in a long time we are battling with civil wars and some ongoing situations that are still not changing. Over 1 million people known as the Rohingya are being persecuted in Myanmar and the Nobel Peace Prize Aung San Suu Kyi remains silent. She is the leader of the National League for Democracy party and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990, she was released from house arrest in 2010. But since then her voice actually in the Government office is more silent than ever. Even Novel laureate Desmond Tutu sent her a passionate appeal via a public letter on social media, saying, “my dear sister: if the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too steep. A country is not at peace with itself, that fails to acknowledge and protect the dignity and worth of all its people, is not a free country.”

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace. The theme this year is: Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All. But the question is how together are we?

We are at the cusp of our own Presidential Re-Election and everyday there is some accusation spinning from party to the other. While credit should be given that the tribal card has not been slung around, when you read between the lines, some things are obvious. Our economy is suffering and jobs are getting scarce, who will put the food on the table for the family, who will pay the bills, who will create the next industry?

Peace facilities possibilities but it does come at a steep price. If a human being himself is not at peace, he can’t spread it or share it with another. A stunning example is by Sadhguru who cites “What is peace? People say that sitting on the mountain and meditating is peace. Somebody else may drink alcohol and become very peaceful and so on. Whenever your ego is satisfied, you are very peaceful. Wherever you go, in that place, if people are willing to support and boost your ego, in that place you are very peaceful. Only in those places where your ego takes a thrashing, that is where you are not peaceful, isn’t it?”

What is this peace for you? Why should it matter? And most importantly why should we all feel it and be together in it? Remember as we are more connected than ever before we are also disconnected and it will take one viral message to mislead us and act unconsciously on something we are not really aware of in the full context. Thus, presence of mind and knowing your rights are very important, only then can you also understand if your peace has been disturbed because sometimes chaos looks like peace to you but it is violence for another.

The youngest country in the world, South Sudan has a devastating state where according to UNICEF, “more than two million children have fled their homes to escape vicious fighting; and last month the one millionth child became a refugee. More than two thousand children have been killed or injured, and many more have witnessed horrific violence. The numbers are staggering and yet each represents the ongoing misery of a child.”

bigstock-international-day-of-peace-71171305-555x370 (1)You decide what kind of world do you want to give your child today, because today’s peace is tomorrow’s peace too.

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