Sow the seeds of peace

Mehak Grover
“If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. – Love is not about possession. Love is about aappreciation.” – Osho
Atleast 44 jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were martyred in a dastardly terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama.
Human beings kill anything. We kill all creatures and we kill our own. We kill strangers, we kill people from other race, religions and belief. We even kill ourselves in suicide. Read yesterday’s paper, today’s or tomorrow’s paper. Everywhere we find killing. The most vicious killers of their own kind are the humans. We are the most relentless yet oblivious killers on Earth. This brutal reality cannot be more evident or horrifying. It’s shocking and outrageous.
Why do people kill one another? What result do they achieve? Why are human beings so cruel to each other? How can they be so terrible to each other? Let’s stop threatening to kill one another! Nevertheless, the violence cannot be condoned. Killing is wrong and life is irreplaceable. Where, then, a solution is to be found?
The literacy rate in the world is low. The powerful elite believe that an uneducated public is easier to control. The authorities seek to suppress the people’s capacity for critical thought. Those in power always demand to keep the masses ignorant and deny them access to truth. They only need to heed to the commands. No knowledge means no use of mind. Education has never been given due attention. Education is the key that unlocks human potential. For children living in the most disadvantaged and marginalized communities, it provides hope for a better future. Without education, they will face a future of thwarted ambitions and broken dreams. They will lack the skills to gain meaningful employment and, out of anger and frustration, some of them will turn to extremism and violence. What will become of these children when they reach adulthood? What chance do they have of living peaceful and productive lives? How will they resist the dark voices calling them to embrace violence and extremism? Education gives young people the resilience and the critical skills they need to reject hate and violence. It also gives them the most important tool they will need to negotiate their way through a complex and changing world: a rational and prepared mind. So long as a political system that denied the citizens their human rights i.e. no person shall be deprived of his life, remains unchanged, it does not matter how many people are getting killed. The blood of any soldier would boil with hatred towards the combative who burns houses, kills the people of his motherland.
In words of Malala Yousafzai-
‘ One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.
I am not being sentimental or melodramatic. I hold that the true purpose of politics is to exhaust any conceivable avenue in the effort to reduce the human suffering.
No sacrifice is inevitable. Whether it be of a soldier or a general public, the tragedy is in no way lessened. Every leader claims to be working for the sake of its people. Every war is fought in the name of peace. And where are we? The life of a single individual is more precious than all the treasures of the universe.
It is rightly said- ‘ Violence is never the answer to violence. To kill under the pretext of protecting life only perpetuates the cycle of slaughter. If we desire the fruits of peace, we must sow the seeds of peace.’
Peace is very important in our lives and it is essential to our overall well-being. However, it has been hindered by war, conflicts and disagreements throughout human history, which has left our world and the many people in it in a deplorable emotional and physical state. Even in the places where the guns are silent, there is still some form of conflict going on in many homes, which is obviously going to have negative effects on the future society and spark more wars and conflicts in this world.
In words of Mother Teresa-
” Peace and war begin at home. If we truly want peace in the world, let us begin by loving one another in our own families. If we want to spread joy, we need for every family to have you.”