The Tablet Jr. > A Peaceful Journey
The Path of Finding a Life of Peace
BY Xavier Custodio Grade 7
Midwood Catholic Academy
Peace is simple, as it can start with a small smile or gesture of hello. Peace means to sleep well at night. Peace is people coming together, despite their differences. Peace is happiness. We can all achieve peace. For many, it is not difficult. It is about changing how we think, feel, and view the world. In order to achieve peace, both sides have to sacrifice something, which is where the issues may arise. Achieving peace causes a balance for all good.
Believe that finding peace is simple. It is as easy as being kind to one another and choosing to be a peacemaker. You have to speak up against wrong things. You have to forgive others who hurt you because “When things change inside you, things change around you” (unknown). A great example of peace is after 52 years, the longest civil war between Columbia and the FARC, which is the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia Rebels, ended. Columbia is an example to the rest of the world that peace is possible. We should also look to Martin Luther King Jr. as an example of peace in the world. In fact, some see him as the king of peace. His movements of non-violence peaceful protests changed the world.
We can also learn about peace from the arguably top 10 most peaceful countries in the world, which includes Switzerland, Japan, Czech Republic, Singapore, Canada, Denmark, Austria, Portugal, New Zealand, and Iceland. These peaceful countries enjoy a low crime rate, easily solve internal conflicts, and have higher income equality. The people enjoy good jobs, housing, and are happier. We should all strive to be more like them.
As Albert Einstein stated, “Peace can only be achieved by understanding”. Understanding between people must move in two directions. There might be many differences between people, but we need to recognize how we are the same on so many levels. We all just want to be understood. Take a moment to see how someone feels. Take a walk in someone else’s shoes. To walk in someone’s shoes will make you sympathetic to their ideas and empathetic to their struggles. Do not judge them, yet be honest, be truthful, and be courageous. We all want a peaceful world and life. Be an arrow of change.
Some may say the past was “simpler times” especially after the past year we went through. 2020 experiences included covid, political problems, and racism but that’s just a scratch on the surface to it was like many years ago. Many will argue that racism, sexism, and hate crime in general in America was far worse. We can appreciate how far we have come, but with all of that said, we still have to make changes to bring peace to all. In the past, people were fiercely judged by the color of their skin and seen as less than. Black people couldn’t use the same bathroom as white people or go to the same school or restaurant. However, historical peacemakers, such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Leo Tolstoy, and John Lennon come in. Out of the billions of people on earth, these people stepped up and helped out. They were the change agents that let their voices of peace be heard for those that were silenced. For example, Martin Luther King Jr wanted a world of equal rights and peace. He was the leader of the civil rights movement and from 1955 to the day of his death in 1968 he fought to make America equal. Another specific example of a peace hero who helped end slavery is Gandhi. He was the leader of nonviolent resistance to campaign for India’s independence from British rule. It is because of these heroic people- the world is a more peaceful and just place today.
There are also many people in the 2000s who not only helped bring peace but were recognized for their contributions and won Nobel Peace prizes. One example of a peace hero from this time period is President Obama, who was the 44th President of the United States. He was awarded a Nobel Peace prize for extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people. Obama was an impressive peacemaker, who demonstrated multiple acts of compassion and diplomacy. One terrific act was creating Obama Care, which helped to provide health care to countless American citizens previously without it. Obama made huge advancements and made America a more peaceful place during his presidency while condemning acts of violence or hatred.
These are just a few peace heroes that made a difference. As a nation, we should turn to these people that laid the foundation of world peace one act at a time. While the current events can be daunting at times, it is a blessing to know there are many people that are great examples of how peace is possible from past to present. Thanks to these heroes and the future heroes to come, we are closer than ever to being free and living in a compassionate and peaceful world.