Yesterday it was the day of Prayer for Peace. Exact time. Everybody wants to start everything in the New Year from the beginning. And everyone has a bit of hope.
But it’s been some time I’m having one very unpeaceful question.
Where does this lack of peace come from?
You see, a lot of people treat the lack of peace like a disease. First, they don’t take care of their health, they don’t pay attention to the tiredness and they “sacrifice” for the family.
Then, when something big comes, like cancer, suddenly they start to think about the health and they blame God for their fatal fate.
I think that the lack of peace is a similar thing.
Every day we just downplay the reasons of it – we think that the reason is in the religion, so we downplay the religion also. It is the guilty one! When a war comes (far away from us), we downplay it. Explosions (far away) – no one takes care. The closer the attacks come, the more we actually start caring.
But it’s been y e a r s the war is taking human lives away in the Middle East. I studied Arabic at the university so the topic of the war in Syria was my daily life but… few people actually wanted to talk about it with me while drinking a Sunday coffee. You know, the home design is at the top! When everything got closer to our homes, then… surprise! For some unknown reason some people directed their complaints to me. Well, it wasn’t unknown reason – I studied Arabic so for some people it’s like becoming a friend of all terrorists automatically.
“Let’s not talk about it”
You know, I’m not joking. Sometimes I really feel like most of the people just… don’t care! Have I ever heard someone asking me: “So, how does the life in Palestine actually look like?” or “What is all this conflict about?”
No! I just heard: “Oh my God, you lost weight!”
“To much stress” – I say and… everyone comes back the topic of home design. People! You really don’t care at all? Really, you don’t give a shit that someone closed thousands of people like in a ghetto and treats the others like citizens of a second category? That some people have to pay taxes to the authority which instead of protecting is controlling them and is even able to shoot a child whose only fault is having an insulin machine under the jacket?
But let’s come back to the peace. I try to understand its mystery and answer the question, why still something is missing. Some people blame religion, but I have never agreed with it completely. The religion can also bring plenty of beautiful things. The religion is like dynamite. And one day I just found. It happened that day when I entered an office of a director of one organization trying to catch my breath. He was still busy with something so I sat down and looked in front of me. Somewhere between the books I saw those words in a little frame.
“If you want peace, fight for justice”
Eureka! Is there anything to express it better?
Let’s imagine one example which can give us better vision of the injustice in the world.
Let’s say all the population is represented by 100 people. All the recourses and goods are represented by 100 Euro. All those 100 people live in one building having 100 Euro. One of them has got 50 Euro. It means, that remaining 99 people would divide between themselves only 50 Euro. Let’s say four of them take 5 Euro each. 25 of them takes 60 cents each. 70 people will stay with 14 cents for each one.
And next door your neighbor with 50! How can they live in peace?
That is the fact. 1% of total population on earth owns 50% of all world’s recourses and goods. Got it? Someone still telling me that the religion is the biggest problem?
But why I’m saying this?
It’s because I’ve heard so many times that the people who try to help the strangers are often considered fool. In case of any attack, the people who do nothing accuse the people who try to help. But in fact, it’s completely opposite. Those who help actually contribute to diminish the differences and injustice. They contribute to building the human experience between the people.
According to the International Labor Organization, half of the workers in the world earn less than two dollars per day.
I’m saying this because some people really drive me crazy. They don’t care for the people who live in extreme poverty/conflict zones/occupied countries, they don’t even care for the poor in their own countries. They just give their used clothes and little change to homeless – so that they don’t even feel that they have less. “To give”, not “to share”.
After the attack: “They are so cruel!”; “See what your friends have done again?” (my friends?!?! WTF)
A minute later: “How much have you payed for this nice table?”
There will never be peace without justice.
-Oh, don’t be fool. There will always be injustice!
-You can always start from yourself and show that it doesn’t have to be like that – I say.
-Have you dropped a clanger?
Maybe. But it’s not because I don’t know about all the misery in the world. Contrarily – I know about it and I want to be close to it. I’ve already worked with elder people, I’ve lived in places with no electricity, and with the youths who were brought up by the street. I’ve worked with the refugees, unwanted children and I’ve lived in an occupied country (all of that on a voluntary service except the last one).
And I just have one conclusion from all this experience:
If you don’t care about the injustice, stop complaining that the bombs explode closer and closer to your home.