Where do you see the greatest opportunity to create peace in your community or the world? Write an essay or poem about what you can do to promote peace. This challenge is part of Peace Day, Sept. 21. More info:http://www.peaceoneday.org. Also click here to see what Vergennes Union High School does on Peace Day! [Photo credit: YWP Photo Library, photo by Jonathan Palmer]
Peace. What is peace? Where do we find it? How? Whom deserves it? What is it? A stable boy’s peace may be a gold coin at the bottom of the haystack, a long wealthy life, family to love and cherish. What if... That’s not my peace? Is peace just one thing, one person? If the soldier’s peace is a white flag from the opposing side, does that make the stable boy’s peace any less real? Did he take that peace? Did he harvest that peace, and pull it close like a shadow just to stitch it to his heels like Peter Pan? Little girl, head drawn, mind swimming- no! Drowning, in endless thought of the void and all that is unknown. Little girl wants a date to prom, a happily ever after... Is her peace void? Does she have to steal that Soldier’s stolen peace, of which he stole from the stable boy? Why can’t we share, said the ragged man with the black beanie hat and a ripped shirt.
What is peace? Peace is always getting your fill. Whether it's of food, love, or material things. Peace is having the hole in your heart filled. Peace is giving, and not fighting the urge of wanting something in return. Peace is beautiful, it's as beautiful as everyone's soulmate is. Peace is equality, in race, gender, religion, and association, among more. Peace isn't purity. Peace isn't perfection. And peace will not get everyone what they want. Yet we, as people, still seem to want it. Peace is believing these statements, deep within ones heart or soul. PEACE IS EVERYTHING GOOD.
The greatest opportunity I see to create peace in the world and our community is by teaching the youth the right way to treat people and impart on them a sense of empathy. Sooner than the older generation realizes we, the younger generation, will be taking leadership roles. It is important that when that day comes the new leaders will use these tools to steer the world in the right direction. The world is hard to change but if everyone treats each other as an individual that Is worth listening to or helping then the world will be a million times closer to achieving true peace.
A white Dove perches on its Olive branch. Condescendingly looking down at us.
Watching as we struggle and fail at obtaining true peace.
The Dove notices one thing: no one stopped to ask what true peace is.
Is it loving thy neighbor? Or something grander? Is peace a truce? Or an unspoken agreement to not fight? Not even the Dove has made peace with all its enemies. Not even the Dove has righted all its wrongs, It still feels remorse.
But the Dove knows, it knows the past cannot be changed, it understands that trying to make up with someone it has wronged is difficult. And yet it judges us for trying! Whether we give help to those who hurt us, or connect with other nations through diplomacy.
The Dove sits on its branch wondering why we try so hard.