• Neeraja Jyothikumar


Updated: Feb 2

It was 2012. Grade 5. The annual day was just around the corner and auditions had begun. I overheard the teachers talking about how they wanted to do something different this year. I was not bothered. I just wanted to get selected. And so, I did!

My father had always been a huge Michael Jackson fan since his school days. After learning that we are going to dance on an MJ song, I was beyond elated. Since I had always heard his music in the car or at home.

And then came the day.

“Heal the world, Make it a better place

For you and for me and the entire universe”

We looked like little angels on the stage and everyone was fascinated. Towards the end of the performance, we bought out huge cardboard earth with a band-aid on it. Singing along to “you and for me”.

Little did we know the massive wave of thoughts that we were bringing into the minds of the audience. 10-year-old me had no idea. But 19-year-old me does.

World peace or peace on the earth is the concept of an ideal state of happiness, freedom, peace, and justice around the world in various nations and states. It includes nations willingly co-operating with one another while practicing non-violence. This idea prevents warfare of any sorts and aims at the utmost satisfaction of every living soul on the planet.

In recent times, peace has become all about negotiation. Political institutions belonging to various countries work through weapons, nuclear power, and military involvement to maintain security. One often fails to realize that discontent comes about when the basic needs of the citizens are not met. The economic situations in countries tend to be one of the main keys to the success of any peace-related events.

Working towards global peace is to call for collaborative efforts between governments of various countries for the betterment of their socio-economic status. It can mean to produce solutions to various problems such as poverty, starvation, scarcity and so on. The process of achieving global peace will be a breeding ground of innovative ideas and caring minds. Working together to find feasible solutions to ongoing global challenges and prevent conflict.

Today, we are billions of people who perceive ourselves as separate from one another. In this process, we often are not at peace with ourselves. The lack of understanding concerning how to arrive at peace is the central problem of mankind.

We, humans, are the sole turbulence that disrupts the balance on the planet with our desire to benefit at the expense of another. However, to reach our goal, we need to realize that every component is mutually interdependent, and we need each other at the end of the day.

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