“Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defence of peace must be constructed”.
Education about peace, must be imparted to children in every country, so that they turn out to be peaceful youngsters and communicate the message to the coming generations. It is the process of bringing up the skills and values in the children, youth and adults that will lead to certain behavioural changes and help to resolve the altercations at intrapersonal, interpersonal, intergroup, national, or international levels.
In today’s world, we have more passive thinkers than active participants who can act upon thoughts. For instance, the people of modern societies are so engaged in their professional life that they hardly spend time with their family members, and unknowingly shift their official aggression towards their loved ones, hence destroying relationships and family peace. Thus peaceful environment must begin at home.
A study proves that children are excellent observers and their actions follow their observation. We want to leave a better world for the coming generations, but why not think of leaving better generations for this world to exist in peace? It is the time for young people and children to come together, and work for a peaceful society. When we come together, united, the world will know peace.
The children by no means have an answer about how to change the world, neither do the younger generations. But when intergenerational exchange takes place, the development of a nation not only in the field of education but also in peace, is actualized. Taking peace from a micro to macro level seems to be a strenuous task, but when thought upon, it isn’t that irksome.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi, the man who tried to change this world, once quoted “Be the change you want to see in the world.” It is true that no one, no one ever makes it alone. Unity is essential if world peace is to be made a reality.
Before talking about peace at a global level, we need to first discuss peace at a level, where all religions are considered equal. There is only one religion, we have just created many versions of it. The truth is, we fight because of being diverse not in religion, but in our mentality. Deep down, this is the bitter reality of this world. I personally feel that the youngsters of this world are very curious and keen to learn. They are the ones who are truly enthusiastic about acting upon issues. If we try to compare the generations that were, and the ones that have taken over the world, we will find a considerable change in the mind-sets of the young learners and this needs to be considered very solemnly.
To build a peaceful society, the young people need to encourage the younger ones, to respect every religion, every caste, every race and every individual’s opinions as it’s all about perspective which can magnificently transform this world. Parents need to start “conversing” with their children about such topics to explore their true potential. They must be given full liberty to choose their field so that they are contented in a life that is peaceful and full of pleasure.
Above all, parents should teach their children to THINK right. If this is not made possible in every house in every corner of this world, it is useless to talk about having a peaceful society. I’m sure that someday, somewhere world peace will be a reality, and not a dream. We can, and we will ensure it.
“If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with children.”