5 unlikely or significant facts about peace
Peace is a state that is acquired and learned every day. And even if we think we know what peace is, we learn its meaning every day.
Here are for example 5 unlikely or significant facts about peace
1- Peace is not just the absence of war
Peace is often thought to be the absence of war, which is totally false but rather incomplete. Just because war is not the only form of violence, there are also genocide, authoritarian regimes, economic violence and other forms of violence. These forms of violence and many others do not, of course, correspond to situations of peace.
Moreover, peace presupposes a construction in progress, it is not only a situation of waiting, or a passive situation. It is a synonym with wills.
2- True peace rhymes with global construction
The requirement and the coherence of this construction is its globality. This globality must be expressed in all activities. To think and to implement peaceful means in accordance with peaceful purposes, such can be the construction of a true peace; specific means for peace and also means related to democracy, justice and the environment.
This globality does not only concern the fields of activity, it also targets all geographical levels, local, national, continental, international; in other words, it includes all the actors. Peace must be built through humanely viable societies, on the whole planet, we are often far from it.
3- Peace to a specially dedicated science: irenology
Irenology is the science of peace and one of the sub-disciplines of security studies. There are hundreds of peace research centers around the world today. It has probably become the most interdisciplinary branch of security studies involving jurists, political scientists, philosophers, sociologists, ethicists, anthropologists, psychologists, psychoanalysts, criminologists and even ecologists, working with NGOs, the UN and certain states (Northern Europe).
The discipline is today composed of various fields of research and actions that are:
- Law of armed conflict
- Arms Control and Disarmament (Nuclear Disarmament)
- International intervention and peacekeeping
- Prevention and non-violent resolution of conflicts (Psychological sciences)
- Reconstruction of war-torn societies (Sequela of war, Resilience)
- Sociology of pacifist movements
4- There are now 134 Nobel Peace Prize laureates
Since 1901, there have been 134 Nobel Peace Prizes awarded all over the world. The first being Henri Dunant, rewarded for his hard work in the creation of the Red Cross. And the most recent (2019), Abiy Ahmed, who with his efforts to bring peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea has allowed both nations to take a big step towards peace, something impossible some years ago. This proves a great quote from Prem Rawat: "peace is possible".
5- Peace is a relationship with others
Peace is a perpetual weaving of good neighborly relations based on the human values and creativity of each other to overcome difficulties, clashes and one's own frustrations. Peace is like Prem Rawat said: a state that can only be achieved if everyone has it, and shares it, and teaches it just as it is.
Peace is a relationship of solid and sustainable living together, based on respect, serenity, cordiality and good intelligence between us. It is based as much on the expression of the heart as on the reason. It is through human warmth that we can transcend violence.