Messengers of Peace

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By Sabrina Ingel Clay ([email protected])

“Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means, through dialogue, education, knowledge, and through humane ways.”—Dalai Lama XIV.

As humans, we all have a different perception of things. At times, we tend to think of one thing while meaning another. The issue of security and peace is one that has long been around before our forefathers, and will still be around generations after.

Peace is like a calm water that enlarges our horizon of knowledge and kills the bitterness harbored deep beneath our ocean floors, seeing equality, equity and justice as a way of life.

When I go to the beach to watch the sunset, there is this perfect scenery that has me wishing my life was in accordance with it. The sun, the clouds, the misty blue ocean, they all blend so well creating a pure essence of serenity. As it goes, each object has its part to play so that there aren’t any flaws diminishing its beauty. Imagine if our government and citizens were like that: each one striving for peace in their own way.

Personally, I think that one of the reasons why peace and security is not being fully implemented in this country is because the Government and the country do not have that kind of established conversational bond.

Somehow, peace may be a dichotomy (it may exist or it may not). The problem of course is that peace derives its meaning and qualities from within a theory or framework. The way in which a Christian, Hindu or Buddhist will see peace will be quite different from the way in which an internationalist, socialist or libertarian sees it. Peace, however, is also seen as concord or harmony and tranquility. It is viewed as peace of mind and serenity, and thought of when war lurks the mind.

Security may be defined as the condition of “Not” being threatened, especially physically, psychologically, emotionally or financially.

How can there be peace and security in Liberia when there are people being killed on a daily basis with no apparent reasons or what not? I can’t sit still and be oblivious to the fact that 65 percent of the country’s population lives below average and can neither afford to feed themselves, least talk about security.

How can we say there’s peace and security when there are little kids constantly in the streets selling and begging? Who’s out there to look out for them? They leave their houses every morning to expose themselves to dangers without even realizing it.

How can we say there’s peace and security when there are still zogos, local thieves, and armed robbers swarming the country and terrorizing the citizens for their properties?

How can we say there’s peace and security when a breadwinner of a family can’t put food on the table because he’s financially threatened?

With these ruminative questions, we are cognizant that peace is not at its apex and security isn’t at the zenith of priority of the government’s plan for the masses. For a nation to be fully free of every vice and vileness, peace and security should remain a paramount concern and a critical national issue. Such matters cannot only be controlled by the Government. We the citizens have to gather and put ideas together to see how we can better our country. We can’t only rely on the Government to do everything for us. They can do the majority, but these little things, we should take the initiative and make them our business. “When somebody helps you to wash your back, wash your front on your own.”

Our delicate peace is threatened by the ill-mentality of our youth. They believe that radical approach and violence is the way forward. I’ve come to realize, after extensive research on this topic, that the real damage to a nation is the result of the inability of its people to reconcile, to build bridges of peace over rivers of mayhem. Peace and security is the determination of a nation to experience a society of economic and social freedom, equality, equity and justice, where the lives of the lowest members of our society matters and is treated with the same love and respect.

“To replace the paradigm of war with a new paradigm of waging peace, we must be pioneers who can push the boundaries of human understanding. We must be doctors who can cure the virus of violence. We must be soldiers of peace, who can do more than just preach to the choir. We must be artists who will make the world our masterpiece.”

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