What are the steps that can be taken to achieve world peace? Imagine all the peopleLiving life in peace…You may say I’m a dreamerBut I’m not the only oneI hope someday you’ll join usAnd the world will be as one.—-John Lennon’s song “Imagine”Since the prehistoric times, people are wishing to live a lifefree of worries, fears and exploitation where they can enjoy the true spirit oflife peacefully by experiencing the sense of brotherhood and acceptance of oneanother regardless of complexion, ethnicity and creed. But ever since humansare not only facing different trials and tribulations in their utmost struggleto come out of this ever ending phase of continuous suppression but alsowaiting restlessly for a messiah (waiting for Godot) who can bring them out ofthis miserable state of life and let them observe world peace.
World peace is not aUtopian dream; it is within our grasp. The only thing which is required to transformthis dream into reality is to focus and show seriousness in harmonizing theworld by arousing the sense of equality and humanism among the people. All overthe world, people hanker for peace. Additionally, the leaders and politiciansof the world are trying to achieve world peace, but many difficulties come inthe way. Moreover, there are fears and suspicions among nations. Most of thecountries suspect the motives of aggressive neighbours. The cult of oppressionis one of the main root causes of chaos in different societies which results inthe extreme sense of deprivation that incites people to revolt. The narrowpatriotism, religious fanaticism and military pacts also come in the way ofworld peace.
It is a dichotomy;changing minds is so easy but yet so difficult, even when there isdire need to launch international as well as regional campaigns to createawareness among people to practice social values and spiritual virtues todemolish cultural differences. Social activists and civil societies should comeforward and play a vital to bring the hearts closer to form a universal harmonywhich is the sole essence of humanity.The path to worldpeace is found in the simplest of concepts. Before we can have peace we need to be atpeace with ourselves and create awareness in people about this. Einstein said,if two percent of the people would actively oppose wars, wars would beeliminated and peace could be observed everywhere. We need to seek out andincorporate virtues such as tolerance, accountability, gratitude, optimism,faith and of course love.
To sum up, if we want to achieve peace in our world, we muststart with ourselves, then our families and then our communities. To makechanges in society we must first make changes in ourselves and in our families.There is no other way as the world out there is made up of what is in here, as HellenKellen once said, “Happiness cannot comefrom without. It must come from within.” So where there is happiness, thereis peace and this is what we are seeking for.