Dec. 11, 2009: Concordia Year of Peace shifts focus away from hate and war, by Jake Karschimkus

December 11, 2009 by

In the words of Indian diplomat and politician Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, “The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.”

This year people want us to try our hardest to stay peaceful because it is better than losing lives in war. This is why this year in Concordia has been designated “the year of peace.” Whether we are having personal issues with others or we, as a nation, are sending our troops to war, this year we should try to stay peaceful and avoid conflict.

The dictionary defines “peace” as “a state of mutual harmony between people or groups.” This is the definition that I believe is most appropriate for our year of peace. We are supposed to avoid conflict as well as be in this “state of mutual harmony” and get along with other people.

The reason for designating a year of peace is to counteract the war and hate in the world right now. There are wars going on between countries as well as hostilities and confrontations between races and people with different beliefs. Some would turn to religion to get away from all this conflict, but there are even differences between religions causing feuds.

By declaring a Concordia Year of Peace and focusing our attention on that, I believe we can begin decreasing hate from here instead of increasing it the way it has been.

— Jake Karschimkus is a student at Cloud County Community College.

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