6 November 2012

Gambia: Let Peace Flourish

editorial

The existence of peace in this planet stretches far beyond the absence of war and other unspecified physical might and strengths. Peace in the world begins right in our hearts, to the homes or family, national and international level. To achieve the ideals of sustainable peace, progress and prosperity in the world, people have to inculcate the spirit and culture of peace in themselves and their children at a tender age.

The importance of peace cannot be overemphasised. Without peace, this world would not be a place fit for human survival. Peace is an inner sense of calm that can come in moments of silent gratitude or prayers. It is a way of becoming very quiet and looking at things so as to understand them. It is also about facing your fears and then letting them go with the trust that things will be all right.

Peaceful people are blessed with the awareness that all human beings are part of one human family. Peace in the world begins right with the peace in the heart and our interactions with others. A peaceful heart is always free of trouble, worry or worries. Without peace you would feel that you have to control everything and everyone.

Peace in the world is not something that governments of the world create while everyone sits and wait, like spectators watching a football match. People have to make peace in their homes, work places and schools. Peaceful people are always free of violence, prejudices, safe from injustice and other inhuman activities.

When each of us is peaceful, all those who in one way or the other come in contact with us will feel loved, respected and treated fairly, above all we would begin to see our differences as benefits rather than a cause to fight. We would not see our differences as a threat to who we are and what we are; we would not judge others by what we heard but rather we would judge them through what we know. Lack of peacefulness leads people to selfishness and becoming self-seeking even if others get hurt in the process.

The call from the Imam of Tobacco Road in Banjul on Gambians both at home and abroad to nurture this complex culture of peace is vital and should serve as a food for thought for every Gambian. Notwithstanding, The Gambia is well known for its hospitality, peace and tranquillity. But sustainability of this peace and tranquillity demands on our ability to accept the culture of tolerance and civility.

It is common knowledge that peace and development are tied together in much the same way as life is tied to the air we breathe. We need not contemplate any prospect of development when either our environment or our neighbour's, is in disorder. And proximity, vis-à-vis how close one might be to a prevailing problem, does not in any way matter these days.

The effects of a conflict can be felt as far as the influence of globalisation can determine, yet the force of globalisation is clearly inexorable. This makes it especially incumbent upon everyone to ensure the propagation, promotion and safeguarding of peace and tranquility; even if not for one's own sake, but for the sake of the future generation, to whom we owe it.

Let us all then allow peace to flourish.

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