“A culture of peace will be achieved when citizens of the world understand global problems, have the skills to resolve conflicts and struggle for justice non-violently, live by international standards of human rights and equity, appreciate cultural diversity, and respect the Earth and each other. Such learning can only be achieved with systematic education for peace.” – Hague Appeal for Peace Global Campaign for Peace Education
The United Nations observed International Day of Peace on September 21, 2013. For the first time, this year this day is exclusively dedicated to education.
Why is peace essential in this world? Is it possible to achieve peace internationally in the current conflict world? In fact, peace is the first step to progress and final step to prosperity. When people fight globally lots of money is wasted for wars and policing apart from losing precious men, machine and material. Additionally, it brings misery among the people. Hence, peace is essential to achieve prosperity in this world.
Secondly, we can achieve international peace if we understand the root causes for global violence and address them earnestly. Some of the causes are: people are becoming restless, impatient and intolerant due to ego, miscommunication, work pressures and lack of empathy. Hence, there is need to groom global citizens with a global mindset to look at similarities, not differences.
Daily we read about lots of violence globally. Through media, we hear deaths, atrocities on women and violence in the name of religion, region, languages, caste and creed. How to put an end to such things to live with universal fraternity and brotherhood? Solution lies in developing students as global citizens to enable them to become not only well rounded personalities but also worthy citizens in the world. Here are some of the tools to achieve international peace:
Be a humanist first.
Have a positive, right and strong attitude.
Develop ‘let go unpleasant past’ attitude.
Be magnanimous to forgive others.
Accommodate others with a big heart.
Look at the character in people, not color.
Evolve as a global citizen with a global mindset rather than with a local mindset.
Respect all people.
Love your mother but don’t hate another person’s mother.
Grow as a Global Citizen
Do you have a heart to serve others? Do you have the mindset of ‘live and let live’? Do you want to promote global peace and prosperity? If the answer is ‘yes’, you have the mindset to grow as a global citizen.
You don’t have to have any passport to become a global citizen. You can travel in any part of the world the way you travel in your own country. In fact, entire globe belongs to you when you have global mindset. Additionally, you can travel in any part of the world without any passport.
It is essential to develop right attitude and teach students about diversity in the classroom to groom them as global citizens. We must realize the fact that we are human beings first and human beings last. To be born in a particular region, religion, community or country is not our choice, but a chance. By birth, all children are good at heart but it is the social upbringing that changes their personality, attitude and behavior. Hence, we must focus more on the upbringing of children. It requires support from all stakeholders including parents, educators, educational institutions, NGOs, government and society as a whole.
If global citizens take care of two aspects – ego and empathy, most of the global challenges can be resolved amicably. Hence, individuals must check their excessive ego and empathize with others to understand from others’ perspective to resolve issues amicably. My blueprint to achieve international peace appears to be a wishful thinking. But it is possible, if people have the heart to make a difference. Hence, equip students with right education to groom them as global citizens.
Emphasize on Universal Brotherhood
As every country has democracy, there must be democracy for the entire world where the will of the majority prevails rather than the hegemony of a few countries. The elected global leaders must provide right direction to the UN by leading from the front. We must believe that there is one God for all of us. And we must believe that we have one religion – humanity.
There must be Mahatma Gandhi in every individual. There must be Jesus in every human being. There must be Muhammad in every human being. There must be Buddha in every human being. There must be Ram in every human being. There must be Gurunanak in every human being. There must be a God as per their faith in all individuals in this world. Remember, all religions preach peace and love. Hence, acquire the attitude, understand the basic essence and develop universal fraternity and brotherhood to achieve international peace and prosperity. Let me conclude with a clarion call from Martin Luther King, Jr. “We have before us the glorious opportunity to inject a new dimension of love into the veins of our civilization.”
Let us all take an oath to ensure global stability and security to achieve international peace and prosperity. Here is the pledge:
We the people of the world will grow as global citizens.
We the people of the world will look at the similarities, not differences.
We the people of the world will live with fraternity and brotherhood.
We the people of the world love not only our mothers but also will love others’ mothers.
God bless the world!
Prof. M.S. Rao
International Leadership Guru
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