October 2 was the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, who helped lead India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom around the world.
Martin Luther King, Jr., pursued Gandhi’s philosophy, teachings and method s of nonviolence He adopted Gandhi’s model and principle, and led the civil rights movement in America. He succeeded in making significant progress towards his dream of creating racial equality and justice in the United States.
As we look around the world,. Fighting is taking a heavy toll from Afghanistan to Syria The economic crisis is fuelling xenophobia and other forms of dangerous – and deadly – discrimination. Terrorism, human trafficking, rights abuses and violence against women threaten millions of people.
An estimated 150 million women and girls are victimized each year. Rape is increasingly widespread as a weapon of war. Victims of sexual coercion are more likely to suffer sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS.
Peace is our inheritance. We should never give up hope for peace even it seems impossible. Peace can be attained when there is harmony among self, nature, and the society at large.
It is the time to raise the collective consciousness about peace. This can be achieved through constructive dialogues, respecting one another, understanding and trusting each other, accepting new people in society, sharing love and natural resources, and building bridges with various faiths, communities and countries.
We know that a good foundation for life starts at childhood. This will help them to learn and focus on how to control aggressive and violent behavior hence creating peace within themselves, family, and society at large.
This work cannot be left to governments alone. Peace starts with people — it flows from the hearts of committed women and men. Communities, families and individuals all have a critical role to play in defeating violence and creating a culture of peace.
"There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for."