Peace through Understanding


Dr. Khine Khine Win

According to the 2015 Global Peace Index, the intensity of internal armed conflict has increased dramatically, while the cost of violence around the world reached a staggering US$14.3 trillion in 2014. Armed conflict often leads to forced migration, long-term refugee problems, and the destruction of infrastructure. Social, political and economic institutions can be damaged. Indeed, we have many problems like poverty, sickness, illiteracy, racial and religious rivalry, child mortality etc. And it is of utmost importance that we have peaceful environment to deal with them. Then, for all aspects of progress and human development we need peace and harmony around the world.
There is a saying “Peace cannot be achieved through violence; it can only be attained through understanding” by an American essayist and lecturer Ralph Waldo Emerson. It is precocious saying for everyone around the world who loves peace. If we desire a society of peace, we need understanding each other. We cannot achieve such a society through violence.
Love and understanding: what do you think which one is more important? There is no exact answer. Different people have different answers for different reasons. For me, I prefer understanding. Understanding is more important as love without understanding won’t last. For instance, we love our family, spouses, wives but sometimes we confront each other when we lose understanding. Even if love is there conflicts and misunderstanding always exists in family. Without doubt absence of understanding pushes family to no peace zone. If we want to live in peace zone, we need not only love bust also understanding.
Peace and understanding: many people believe peace is important in order to avoid unnecessary conflicts that might hinder the progress of human being. Peace creates progress and happiness. The United Nations defined peace as the collection of attitudes, beliefs and actions that demonstrate a concern for worldwide human rights and a positive regard for life. Peace involves turning the other cheek when necessary, and aiming to understanding others. I totally agree understanding can create peace and I believe that peace can only be achieved when humanity has reached a level of mutual understanding and tolerance. No one would fight if they understand the other’s point of view.
The question is how to create peace and understanding. The question of real, lasting peace concerns human beings. So, basic human feelings are also at its roots. There is a peace within understanding when a person knows why something is occurring in their life. Only a peaceful mind can lead a family, society, a community, a nation and the world to better prospects and progress. There is a question. How to create peace of mind? It is easier said than done. But we have to cultivate peace of mind if we really want to lead our family,
society, community and let our beloved people live in peace zone.
Peace is not a one-time act. True peace is built over time, with many different processes and approaches that move conflict into lasting, peaceful relationships.  It requires action at many different levels, by different people, in different ways, and at different points in a conflict. Increased understanding – of different cultures, languages, and concerns – can go a long way toward reducing conflict. There can be no peace without understanding.
We can make peace and we can try to keep it. But to foster nonviolent peace is a primary goal. To foster peace is to move toward a just peace, which fosters nonviolent peace. If we want to develop like any other developed country, we need  to find peace. No country can develop without peace.
References: Understanding conflict and war Vol.5: the Just peace, R.J.Rummel
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