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“You destroy your enemies when you make peace with them.” -Proverb.
Peace, as we all know, is very important in our lives and it is essential to our overall well-being. However, this is something that has, regrettably, eluded us for years and years in this world. It has been hindered by war, conflicts and disagreements throughout human history, which has left our world and the many people in it in a deplorable emotional and physical state. This should not be the case. Even in the places where the guns are silent, there is still some form of conflict going on in many homes, which is obviously going to have negative effects on the future society and spark more wars and conflicts in this world. For example, when there is conflict between siblings in a home; if not checked, they might continue this conflict on a much greater scale, and it might end up in either one of them dying. Also, conflicts that can prevent peace from being possible are conflicts between different ethnic groups, different religions, different races, and so on, which are quite frequent in today’s society. If this continues, then any chance of peace will be lost, so we should try as much as possible to raise the future generations that will replace us one day to value peace above all else so that this world will be a better place. Any kind of violence, even in its lowest form can be a huge hindrance to peace, and that is why we must stamp it out in order to preserve peace and the lives of millions of innocent people. If we do not root it out, then we will be seeing full scale wars a lot more often and more lives will be lost. In any case, conflict is senseless and accomplishes nothing for us but rather, it creates more problems. In fact, it is a big factor contributing to revenge, which is one of the biggest hindrances to peace. However, it does not have to be this way as there is still hope for us to become peaceful. How? Peace has many benefits if we give it a chance, and it is a far more favourable option than conflicts. Imagine all the positive developments we could make if we were to have lasting peace throughout the ages. It might be hard, but we must all learn to do it. A solution to these conflicts is finding some sort of common ground or understanding from the neutral point of view of a mediator. Mutual understanding is an element that is crucial to the development of peace in this world, because without it, we would not be able to resolve our differences and they would remain in place, which would give rise to more misfortunes. It begins with raising children in a positive way, resolving differences with a mutually beneficial solution, and rooting out problems before they grow. If we do all these, less lives will be lost, and there would not be as much chaos and destruction as we have it today.         About the Writer: Ezugo Obuekwe is a 16-year-old high school student. His interests include writing, playing video games, learning about history, computers and playing Basketball.

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This article was first published on 4th May 2015 and updated on August 16th, 2017 at 10:49 am

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