Peace has been preached in the world for a very long time but apparently, the more it is desired, the farther it gets. Violence is everywhere, at every level of society, and takes various forms. Peace is not passivity, but an activity that is practiced in everyday life interactions. But what is then the state of peace in the world today?
The persistance of violence
Violence persists in today's world despite the efforts of governments, NGOs, schools, groups and individuals like Prem Rawat. There are different types of violence but mainly:
- Sexual: sex abuse done by a person who has influence over others,
- Economic: depriving people of their right to have the basic needs, unfair trade between countries, etc.
- Ecological: overexploiting the natural resources without thinking of replacing what has been used up
- Structural: power abuse, corruption ….
- Religious: persecution of those who have different religions in some places
- Psychological or moral: harassment of different forms …
Daily reality is characterized by crime, persecution, terrorism, corruption or impunity. And modernity has created phenomena of fear, greed, discrimination, injustice and irresponsible attitudes about the environment.
Different types of war are still raging around the world, causing thousands of casualties. Three major conflicts stand out, including the war in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. According to some researchers, there has been a fairly clear decline in conflicts in the world in recent decades. It has been noticed that clashes between States have decreased and consequently the number of deaths too.
However, the number of wars is not declining even though it has become less deadly. It has changed shape and made many more injuries than deaths.
There are also conflicts that the media does not talk about much, like the 20-year-old Congolese conflict. There is also the endless conflict that has already killed tens of thousands in Yemen; the indirect clash of the big powers.
There is still hope that peace will not be a utopia, because humanity is not doomed to live in constant war. It is possible to promote peace, as there are encouraging developments on the positive side, such as:
The commitment and influence of civil society organizations
More and more men and women are mobilizing to promote a climate of peace through non-violent approaches. Private initiatives are multiplying to offer alternatives to violence, including new definitions and ideas, courses, conferences. For example, the initiative of Prem Rawat that you can see on her site that devoted to spreading peace messages in more than fifty countries, with articles, testimonials, stories and other relevant documents.
School systems are changing and schools are responding to shortcomings in civility. They act in order to sufficiently transmit human values to children. These include combating violence in all its forms and promoting their skills to live better together. Interactive learning has been introduced in schools to train in mediation techniques, conflict management, etc.
Texts have been developed by national and supranational bodies to govern living together and promote the right to peace, life itself, children's rights and others.