The Tablet Jr. > Trust and Peace Go Hand in Hand
BY Kimberly Faustin Grade 7
Midwood Catholic Academy
Peace is what we all need. It’s being able to do and say things civilly. A peaceful world is a world where you can put your trust in a higher power and the economy is fair. We wouldn’t have problems like racism, poverty, and inequality. Working to trust others is a small step that can cause a big impact. Being trustworthy means different things depending on the person. For instance, some believe being trustworthy is when others know they can come to you about a problem or issue they have. Their trust in you leads to you working together to resolve the issue, which can cause fewer problems in the world. Many trusts those who are of a higher power to together to find a solution. Finding peace is hard but if we work together we can make it happen.
Norman Schwarzkopf, a United States Army General once said, “The more you sweat in peace the less you bleed in war”. This signifies the more work and sweat that you put into making the world a better place and finding peace, the less other people will have to pay with bloodshed and pain. To find that peace you need to put some faith and trust in others. Today, as a community, we need to work together to find peace in the world. We need to trust in each other and believe in our ability to make the world a better place. Our world is not perfect but we can make it better.
Violence, racism, and lack of education are just a few problems we are still facing. Coronavirus came completely unexpected and people all around the world lost their homes, jobs, friends, and families. Because of this pandemic, people haven’t been able to go to school, work, or have any social gatherings or interactions. To make matters worse, some people go out without a mask or meet with big groups of people who often put themselves and others at risk. This is something that no one, child or adult, should go through. It’s not right and it’s disheartening that some people aren’t being held responsible for it. We don’t have to live in a world where we fear ourselves and others. If we take the time to communicate with each other and think about it from another point of view, we can come together as a community to forge peace.
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.
We can learn to understand people and why they do the things that they do. There is no excuse for violence and no one should be put through that type of pain and suffering. By talking about these things and understanding each other we learn to trust in each other, putting the world a few steps forward to peace. We need to learn and to trust and gain others’ trust if we want to make the world a better place. The way we handle things needs to change, everyone should be held accountable for their actions no matter the color of their skin, age, or social status. We need to open our eyes and realize there must be a common goal of trust in diversity. Ultimately, you need trust in order to achieve peace. Trust is key.