PEACE AND WAR - A CON-SPECTUS AND A REFLECTION
(A. T.M.S. Ramanujam)
Progress of a nation hinges mainly on its enduring peace. Peaceful ambience and serene surroundings are the prime requisites for the healthy growth. Growth is the quintessence of time. Time eternal is captured and capsuled by men of vision and dynamism through their titanic efforts. Thus the imperceptible time is made visible and concrete in the form of mighty machineries and
towers, as these symbolise the time and efforts of men universally. Serenity and harmony facilitate profound thinking which has the
potency to produce magnum opuses, great treatises invariegated fields like literature, science, religion, philosophy et al.
Wars fought in the past and present have brought untold and unspeakable sufferings and miseries to humanity. Wars wipe out the accretions of civilizations and culture. Thus war being anti-human, annihilates and nullifies the blessings of peace. The after effects of war are still more dangerous and psychologically deleterious to humanity at large.
“There has been so much suffering in the 20th century, two world wars, concentration camps in Europe, the killing fields of Cambodia, refugees from Vietnam, Central America and elsewhere fleeing from their countries with no place to land. We need to use the suffering of the 20st century as compost, so that together we can create flowers for
the 21st century.” - Thein Nhat Hanh.
The juxtaposition of peace and war, reveals the glory, significance and the indispensability of peace, for a sustaining holistic growth of
a nation, whereas the resultant effect of war is deleterious, devastating and hastens the degeneracy of the society.
So it becomes imperative and incumbent on our part to take effective steps to stop the rot. As all our ideas(both good and bad) are generated in our minds, we have to purge the rot and impurity from our minds. This cleansing process can start with universal
education, which is the only panacea and it can effectively eradicate the social and national maladies such as corruption, dishonesty,
cheating, poverty, suffering and illiteracy.
Educational centres should make moral and ethical education compulsory for all, from the primary to the tertiary level. When the students are steeped and saturated with the ideas about morality, ethics, loving each other, honesty, amiability, caring and
sharing each other, fostering of understanding, tolerance of different view points, mutual help, charitable temper etc.then will
bloom and blossom as exemplary personages in the society. When these people emerge as future leaders, they will spontaneously
exhibit their leadership qualities and lead their nations to prosperity, plenty and peace.
Peace education is an anti-dote and an eminent deterrant for war. The children of today should be taught about the importance of
co-existence, co-operation, to love humanity and to create a robust and a genuine global ambiance to live in peace and harmony.
It is not an “utopian state”, I am thinking about, but it is prac-tically possible provided the powers-that be, chalk out a fifteen year programme to revitalize and resuscitate the younger generation to work with alacrity to bring peace and prosperity to the people. Eradi-cate poverty and illiteracy and there won’t be any war in the world. The society should draw the precious lessons from all possible
sources to strengthen itself. By using sagacity, wisdom, religious teachings, we should unite to create a paradise on earth, which
is not a chimera to be jettisoned, but a reality to be pursued.
Now is the ripe and right time for us to cry a halt to bloody wars and through peace education we should achieve our goal which is prosperity, plenty, happiness and an Eldorado which will make this earth a paradise to live
Peace has the potency to produce profusely
Peace sets the pace for progress and plenitude
Peace brings pristine purity, perfection and happiness
Peace deepens understanding, but
War brings calamity and catastro-phe
War annihilates all the human efforts,
War thwarts all human progress,
War razes down everything to dust.
War brings misery, unhappiness, humiliation, destruction
War is anti-human, Peace is human
War is shallow, peace is profound
War is weakness, peace is strength
War is cruelty, peace is humane
War is destruction, peace is progression
War is insane, peace is sane
War is ugly, peace is beautiful
War is mindlessness,peace is mindfulness
War is agitation, peace is cogitation
War is division, peace is unity
War is foolish, peace is wisdom
Wisdom brings peacesuccess and happiness
But war being a negative force brings unhappiness and misery.
War brings out the worst in man.
Peace brings out the best in man
War negates the best, peace attracts the best
War dissipates energy, peace conserves energy
War wears out, peace energizes and brightens
War nullifies, peace mollifies,
War tarnishes, peace burnishes,
War brings disunity, peace brings unity
United we stand, divided we fall.
Wise people welcome peace, unwise clamour for war,
Wise abhor unwise cherish war.
War is perversion, peace is devotion
War is devilish, peace is divine.
War is barbarous, peace is civilization