In a country, peace is a term that most commonly refers to an absence of aggression, violence or hostility. Peace is not the absence of violence but rather the presence of justice. In a society, peace happens when different desires are in agreement. Peace is based on a lot of things such as, culture, education, family values, experience, history and other things, but the basis is the same. To co-exist without war, killing and overpowering a fellow being.
It claims that democratic nations are generally more peaceful in their foreign policy and never fight each other because they can resort to democratic values to resolve possible conflict, but yet some African countries including South Sudan, Nigeria, and South Africa and others are experiencing post war conflict and tension which has caused millions of people to flee their homes. Today world peace and harmony face various threats. Terrorism, regional imbalance, economic disparity, social inequality poses threat to world peace. In some countries rich natural resources such as timber, gold, oil or diamonds among many cases are extracted by some greedy leaders. Such extractions of natural resources often result to unreported payments of government which tends to create doubts among the people leading to mistrust which eventually leads to war.
We are all so engrossed in our busy lifestyles and yet want our lives to be peaceful. We expect peace to be omnipresent but what we need to realize is the fact that if we want peace, we have to live peacefully, love everyone, forgive and forget each other’s wrong. It is not enough to stand around asking if peace will ever happen because that would not do anything. If everyone starts living the peaceful and loving way things will change. But someone has to start and lead by example. Mahatma Gandhi once said “You must be the change you wish to see in the World”
The AU which is the successor organization to the OAU, has the aim of promoting greater powers among African economic, social and political integration and a stronger commitment to democratic principles. Without peace all these objectives of preserving, protecting and defending peace in our continent cannot be achieved. We cannot rely on anyone else to do this. We have to do this ourselves.
Let us be the change we want others to be.
Let us give peace a chance.
Linda Adzeoda – Ghana (Change Agent)