By Sineke Sibanda
Several philosophers and academics have attempted to define what peace is and what it is not. In all their attempts, they all seem to agree that peace is achieving not only political stability, absence of war or economic solidity; they seem to go further in articulating that peace is attaining social and psychological stability because it is the psycho-social state of any person that defines the level of their commitment in achieving what they set their minds to do.
What is so phenomenal about this year’s theme is the concept of charity beginning at home. Note that I have left out the part on. Quite often, the human species tends to be very excited about achieving the bigger dream without noting that the rain feels up the dams by falling down as drops not just flooding through. What strikes me the most is the power in individuality in the theme. I’m sure we have heard of countries or shared a similar experience of being one unhappy mob yet we claim that we are happy and peaceful. However, that kind of peace has been negative and unsustainable because it has been a fear-led kind of peace, which time and again does not in any way improve the psycho-social state of individuals. People still remain in their chains of unpronounced fear.
It is therefore key to note that logic is more determinant in confirming that we need to start from the smaller units of influence that we live in and then expand the influence globally. The idea basically here is that if you play your part and I play mine, we are contributing to the larger community which makes it easy for all of us to raise awareness on why it is important to commemorate these 16 days.
The sad thing is that we always talk about commemorating this special day, it is probably time we stopped talking and started doing something in our smaller beats so that the little peace we make happen for ourselves in our homes, we can also make happen for others in the entire world. We cannot always be about raising awareness, we probably need to get to our destination, for the past 24 years we have been talking about raising awareness but I believe that this time around, we just have to make things happen, don’t be worried about the world, worry about where you are and because as humans we are so interconnected, you will be amazed how this unity of purpose (where you play your part and I do the same), will bring us uniquely together in achieving our dreams and ultimately our bigger dream…