Essay by Prim Singhasuvich Wanaprapa from Thailand aged 16 who is a student at Mahidol University International Demonstration School (MUIDS).
What is world peace?
What is world peace? My definition of world peace is a safe space. It is a safe space, where ever one can let your guard down and be free. I am sure that every single person would like to have a safe space for them to count on, rely on when you are at your worst.
As mother Teresa say, “if you want to have world peace, go to your house and love your family”
World peace can start from little precious things. Spending time with your family, loving them with all of your hearts. These things create a safe space in your family, where everyone feels belonged and is trusted. The tranquility that was created has a profound effect on other people. The selflessness, attitude towards other people makes them less self-oriented and continues to spread the peace to other people around them.
To achieve the state of world peace, we have to set aside our differences and become as one, us young people. Unity is the key. All of us are human. Regardless of our sex, race, or age, all we want is a peaceful future.
Nowadays, many conflicts are happening in our world. People suffer from depression to statelessness. Global temperature is rising every day. If we do not do anything and live with false hope we will encounter the catastrophe that is yet to come.
Violence is always not the answer. Looking back, when there is a conflict, using violence always results in a tragedy. The police are supposed to bring us peace but bring us terror and more fear than ever before.
We as young people have to speak up for ourselves. Demand the world that we are supposed to have, not the one that is left by the prior generation which is tormented and filled with hatred.
We can not wait for the life that the prior generation has drawn for us. It is not real. It is imaginary that we have to take action and demand to change the peaceful world that we are supposed to have. We are the future generation that will bring peace to this world with our hands.
It is our world and we are living in it. There is no planet B. So stand up, speak up, demand our rights. Start with yourself, have peace, and share it when and wherever you go. Small actions can lead to huge changes.