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20, October, 2011
Fighting for Peace, Praying for Violence
Do we have peace if we are not been shoot by a gun? As the word reference dictionary states, peace is freedom from disturbance; and the freedom or cessation of war. In fact, peace is not only the absence of wars and weapons; peace is an inner emotional state that can be reflected to others in order to maintain good relationships of the people around us. "Peace is not a dream; it is hard work, and there is nothing naive, glamorous or simplistic about it." (Arias 1). As this famous writer is stating; achieving peace is more than just stopping the wars, peace consists in hard and not so simple work. There can be a lack of peace without the necessary use of fighting and physical aggression, peace can also be disrupted with discrimination, stereotypes, and judging. If we want to maintain peace upon others we should have our mind and emotions cleared of bad feelings towards other people. Even though it is a great part of it, peace is not just stopping the violence, but also to respect others way to think or act, this way you could maintain a healthy relationship with people that surround you and make your environment nonviolent. Although weapons are the ones that can cause the damage, we as humans can be interfering with peace by judging, arguing, and discriminating against others. Weapons are not the ones who disrupt peace, humans and their actions are. Many people agree that if we can destroy all the weapons in the world there wouldn´t be violence any more. For instance Ecuador´s president, Rafael Correa, made a law that forbid all the security guards from having any guns or armory so he could avoid all the accidents and violence caused by them who shoot people that were innocent. Two weeks later he insulted Maria Paula Romo, an Ecuadorian journalist, by publicly calling her “disgustingly chubby” when she disagreed with him. (El comercio 23) Wasn´t our president trying to reduce violence and aggression in our country? Instead, after he passed that law the first thing he did was insult someone! Rafael Correa thought the destruction of arms could lower the rankings of violence in our country, but he didn´t think that there were many children and people watching the news when he yelled at somebody. So how can we be a peaceful country, if our own president isn´t respecting a citizen from his own city? He didn´t use any weapons, but instead he judged a person and discriminate against her by the way she looked. In consequence he disrupted the peace of a country that believed in him and as a result is turning this country even more violent. A tongue is the best armor a person is given and our own president is using it to hurt someone who thinks different to him. Therefore peace is achieved by not only destroying armory but also by not judging people by the way they look, think, or act. In addition, the Catholic Church is one of the most numerous expanders of the message of peace although behind that there is a lot of discrimination to the people who are different from them. The church isn´t using any kind of violence, aggression, or hostility, however, by not accepting people who are different from them they are offending people and interrupting their harmony. Every Sunday when I go to church I hear the priest making us pray for world peace and the happiness of everyone. “For the people who believe in Buddhism, Hinduism and other foreign religions, so that they can discover the real truth and the only religion” This is what one Sunday I heard the priest making us pray for. Aren´t we all the same? How do they know their religion is the true one? In fact, the Catholic Church also disagrees and disrespects homosexual people. Paul in the New Testament in the bible makes a statement against homosexuality stating that “Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters... nor homosexual offenders... will inherit the kingdom of God. Even though nobody knows who will enter heaven or...
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