Drawn by Irene
Yesterday, a boy came to me sharing a series of unpleasant things he noticed on the media. To name a few, beating up new classmates, harrassing females, coercing peers to give money, unlawful video recording female passengers, cyber bullying, suicide of the bullied, rape and the like. My heart is broken! Loads of selfishness, violations of respect and care, using people as object for sexual interests, deliberate victimization are attacking young people. Those who have a big heart suffer, especially our sensitive and compassionate children.
As caregivers, parents and professional helpers, we should recognize these loads of moral burden with the young people. We have to listen to their feelings, experience and sadness. At the same time, we need to tell them our beliefs and reassure them of our faith in the goodness of people, despite of witnessing all the bad things in the society. One of the most important messages is the victory of righteousness.
Honestly, people do bad things which have caused damages to different gender, social classes, minority people, tribes, races, nations and wildlife habitats throughout human history. Yet, we are not afraid of standing up and countering back to restore peace. Regardless of evil plans of some people in our history, human species have never ever been destroyed. Why? It is evident that throughout history, people has been successful to maintain peace and prosperous growth, protect the young, old, weak and poor, avoid chances of termination of species , including mankind.
So in brief, we should make it clear to our children that only the desire and efforts of peace can save us from being destroyed. Peace making is our future. And future is in our hands.
As guardians of our young people, we practise peace making behaviors. In our families, we are serious about making peace with all family members, it may not be easy though. By urging every member involved to consider what to do and think of promoting peace, we are practising peace.
World peace is nothing abstract. Let’s start working on it every single day with people we love and also with those we dislike or even hate. May peace be always with us. As our children grow older, they practise the act of peace making and the rule of loving people in places they go and with whom they meet.