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Achieving world peace philosophically

Very few of us fundamentally understand the depth of our possibilities, and it can’t be done from our education but through expectation! Mahatma Gandhi who is seen as the messenger of peace proposed concepts like Ahimsa or non-violence, Satyagraha and Sarvodaya or welfare to all. We live in a world having a population which is over seven billion people. In this world of extraordinary technology, a generation gap is seen that makes us more distant than closer.  We find  that human conflict is on the rise. Hence, it becomes more critical than ever before to remind ourselves of the importance of forgiveness, love or compassion, especially in this era where the whole world is well-connected like never before.

In today’s world, the prosperity of one’s country and continent depends on the rest of the world. Once we consider the rest of the world as part of us

(वसुधैव कुटुम्बकभम)  then the very basis of conflict, cheating, hatred, and bullying will be no longer there. Many people help out of compassion and care but they are taken for granted so there should be discussion and wide applause to such people which gives the impression to others that there may be many negative things but at the same time we have the potential or ability to reduce evils. To give new shape to this planet we should have a vision, willpower, determination,  self-confidence, more optimistic attitude and all these are very much related to a compassionate heart. So, it is equally important to develop both a positive mind and a warm heart. For being a responsible citizen, willpower and determination are needed, which are very much connected to the mind. We have to establish a sense of concern, perseverance and compassion for others. Apart from this awareness, one must realize the real consequences of any war or violence.

Dr Ameeta Jaiswal
Department of Philosophy