This article is inspired by Jersey Nana & Rama Devi Nina’s inspirational pieces recently. I have wondered for decades, since when the cold war was at its height; what use the mighty weapons of destructions to attain peace, when we have the mightiest peace weapon within each of us? And with information technology increasingly accessible from every nook and corner of the world, the real yearning of mankind is clearly palpable; everyone wants to live in peace! Except of course, the very few wired differently!
Many brush away such musings as idealistic and cannot work in a real world. But are not countries’ interests an extension of its peoples needs and thinking? The greatest reward any leader can give his countrymen is lasting peace; not rhetoric, and browbeating others. Why play to the gallery, when we are all one, from the same stock; love our own and even find kindred spirits across the world? I meet with young students from Asia, Africa, and elsewhere, with similar interests, forget themselves engaging in revelry and companionship. The divisions are created by vested interests to achieve their ends; they are the real enemies of mankind, preventing others to live in peace by stoking the fires of enmity and division.
A classic case, where brothers and sisters are divided, is North & South Korea. Kim Jong-Il, the de facto leader of North Korea treats his country as his personal fiefdom, acting on his whims, appointing his favorite son as his successor. His rattles his nuclear weapons to get attention and entrench his hold to power. That even brothers and sisters are divided for decades, thirsting to meet just for one time, does not make any dent on him; of course, his obsession to get his son entrench himself as his successor gets precedence over national priorities of life and death. North Korea is a poor cousin to South Korea and the only way to get even is to bring down the latter by weapons of mass destruction. Unfortunately, China is the ultimate puppeteer, propping up the tottering regime in its game to hold sway as the master of that region! North Korea’s savior is China, to whom they are beholden for their very essentials and if China turns the other way, the regime will collapse like a pack of cards.
Are we not expecting miracles from our leaders as they run from pillar to post to put out the fires deliberately set, one after another? By supplying powerful weapons to all, are we not ensuring our own annihilation? The greatest irony is those at each other’s throats have no problem in getting weapons of mass destruction. The most powerful countries have no qualms in getting the best deals, heaping misery on others in the process. The real enemy of warring countries is within each of them. Their people have no problems at coexistence. Most, after all, want to be left alone to pursue goals, get fair rewards for their efforts and with basic needs like rule of law.
Though it might sound idealistic to the cynical, the road to world peace is achievable when so many are rooting for it on the basis of give and take. The powerful countries have to agree not to work at cross purposes and stoke the fires of hatred. The rewards for peace will extend beyond the hard numbers; we will experience heaven on earth. Why take advantage by perpetrating misery? Why feed the Frankenstein everywhere and get mired in terror and related activities? Deliberately creating fires of hatred and then work endlessly to put them out is just not the way when so much can be achieved to benefit mankind. The days of cold war are over, but still the vestiges of distrust spread misery around.
Our leaders have to just go broke for peace; work as one to achieve bliss that is within our grasp, and the only way to survive. The calls from the heart from the few now, should resonate and turn the trickle into a torrent, and reinforce the resolve of our leaders to go the extra mile to achieve world peace. Once the few, who thrive in the confusion, get the clear message, they will abdicate their ill-gotten hold on power, and their countries liberated. Why should the majority live in misery when a miniscule minority set the agenda forcefully, and hold the world to ransom? Let selfless love prevail over hatred and mighty weapons! We will then attain true liberation and realize we are all the same! It is time now to take the next big step forward and leave the hate barrier behind, once and for all!