Peace is always beautiful.
Many platitudes have been heard about peace. What is peace? Are we really aware of this term? Does it mean having no bombings around us? People don’t really have a clear idea about the term “Peace”. Peace does not only mean having no chaotic situation around you, it means having an atmosphere where you can live without worrying about your life. Where you don’t have psychological stress. Where you don’t have to worry if your children are going to be safe at their school or playing area. Where your family member’s are safe when outside. Having peace means having no survival correlated in your life.
Generally quoted definition of religion is that a religion is an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to an order of existence. Many religions have narratives, symbols, and sacred histories that aim to explain the meaning of life, the origin of life, or the Universe. One message which is common among all religions is “Peace”. No religion wants violence in a society but observance of peace. No religion teaches its followers to spread violence. Ven. K. Sri Dhammanannda in his book The Role of Religion in Promoting World Peace says that Religion has a definite role to play in people's search for world peace.
Peace is proving to be one of the most endangered elements on our dear planet these days. Why? Because instead of tolerance and patience, we are choosing to fight, ignore and blame each other. Everyday more of us become victims of extremism and violence.
In the wake of 9/11 attacks, the Global War on Terror began in Afghanistan to hunt down terrorists responsible for disrupting the peace of the world. Pakistan also joined the coalition and provided logistical support to NATO and US armed forces to carry out their military operations inside Afghanistan. However, the subsequent backlash from the home gown terrorists for aiding the NATO forces was overwhelming. Eventually in 2007, we came to a point where there used to be a suicide terrorist attack at least once a week in major urban centers of Pakistan.
“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”
― Dalai Lama XIV
Mental peace is absence of stress, anxiety, depression etc. What does absence of peace and presence of war brings to us? Depression, anxiety and frustration? That is what we all have been experiencing when chaos around us started. Even when there is no chaos around, even a conflict has negative effect on our minds. Any form of violence or its lowest form can be a huge hindrance to peace. A peaceful mind is more productive than a mind which is full of conflicts and frustration. We all need mental peace which comes when situation around us makes us feel content and we don’t have to worry about unnecessary things. Mental peace has a paramount importance and it is what everyone desires but unfortunately in this era of war and chaos, few are able to achieve it.
With a million parchments soaked in thick red and tattered with weapons, the price of peace turns out to be too strong and yet too easy to be paid. The destiny of any nation resides in the hands of a common man, the common man living a moderate life in the dusky cabin of Hiroshima or Nagasaki or the common man selling out pockets at a local grocery shop in Syria to buy lentils for the child dead already.
In the post 9-11 scenario, keeping in view the changing geopolitical situation, Pakistan joined the US led war against terrorism and faced a difficult situation whereby the same groups that were happily tolerated by the state previously were banned, their leadership arrested or killed as a result of military operations. This didn’t go well with certain militants who began to target Pakistani security forces. The situation specially spiraled out of control after 2007 Red Mosque military operation. It gave a new impetus to militant activities and terrorist attacks became quite common in major urban centers of Pakistan (Rana, 2014)