Peace is a choice: that’s pretty evident from the fighting and unrest around the world. You can’t deny that some people have made choices lately that have definitely not been peaceful or resulted in a lack of peace for people. Even if people don’t intend for their unhappiness to have an impact on other people’s peace around the world, with as widespread as our news networks are these days you have to figure that people halfway around the world are hearing about what goes on in the USA just like we hear about the kidnappings and wars in the Middle East.
There are lots of things we can do and ideas are thrown around all day. We hear about White House actions, military maneuvers and what steps and actions may or may not come next depending on what people do. But what if that wasn’t the only thing should be talking about? What if we started talking about how to avoid future unrest?
I have to say, educating, teaching, training and learning sound a lot more proactive than military maneuvers that may or may not have an effect. What if, as a world, we can do our best with the next generation, giving them a hope that their world doesn’t have to be all about fighting as many generations that have gone before have faced? What if we can teach them that the world doesn’t have to be about war being the best way to get what you want but that discussion, compromise, allowances and give and take can get things a lot farther a lot faster with less destructive effects?
I do have hope though that our generation can still learn from the state of the world as it is, that we have a chance to prevent future clashes and do our part to work things out before violence becomes the result or chosen answer. Of course, we have to first see that violence isn’t the answer. Until we see that there is more to the world than violence, we’ll be stuck where where are. And I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have a better future.
“The real differences are between those who embrace peace and those who would destroy it; between those who look to the future and those who cling to the past; between those who open their arms and those who are determined to clench their fists.” William J. Clinton