Peace and war, 10 things to know

Peace and war, 10 things to know

Peace and war are two concepts that are often mentioned side by side. Of course they are contradictory, however they have several common points.

Here are 10 facts that you must know about peace and war

1- To have peace, war is not always necessary

Often claiming war as a way to achieve peace, the saying "to make peace, we must go to war" has become a habitual statement for today's world. This is wrong, however, simply because peace itself is the absence of war. And the history of humanity has shown us that no war ever resulted in peace.

2- It is the most warring states that are seeking peace

Quite simply because they seek peace in the wrong way, states or any society and group of people at war, are those who seek peace the most. And it is often in such country that more peace ambassadors like Prem Rawat are needed.

3- Peace makes any war impossible

Peace is simply long-term medicine against war. Because when a person, a group, a society is at peace, they will never want any war. That's why it's important to teach about peace from an early age, around the world.

4- Peacekeepers

The term peacekeeper is an obvious example of the relationship between peace and war. They are also known as blue helmets, and have been operating around the world for over 70 years. They are real soldiers, as in war, except that they use their weapons only in very exceptional cases.

5- Peace and war do not only concern states and governments

Peace and war can concern every one of us. It is often wrong to think that peace or war affects only the countries of the East or those states in civil war. Peace begins in each person, just like war.

6- The funds dedicated to the war are vastly superior to those dedicated to peace

The armament race, the new technologies for espionage, and the training of soldiers far outweigh the funds for peace education. The manufacture of weapons therefore has more support than the efforts of negotiation.

7- Several countries are preparing more for war than for peace

By investing ever more in weapons, countries are investing directly in the war. North Korea for example is more in preparation for the war with its nuclear weapons than peace.

8- Peace is obtained by the respect of the fundamental rights of the post-war period

It was only after the great world wars that the fundamental human rights were recognized. Unfortunately, those rights are not respected yet. They are, however, the first guarantors of peace. This is why associations such as the Prem Rawat Foundation fight for peace by bringing food or water, fundamental rights to the needy.

9- Peace is not only absence of war

The absence of war is just a step towards peace. Peace is a state that requires more than political stability. It demands respect for the rights, freedom of each individual and satisfaction, fulness and well-being of every citizen.

10- Peace and war depend only on each one of us

We are all instigators of peace or war in each of our societies. Each individual has his role in peace as in war. We are all involved in what is happening around us, in a way or another, directly or indirectly. Furthermore, any change we would like to bring about should start with each of us and the result will affect us like a boomerang.