September 21st is The International Day of Peace and it was highlighted on Croydon Radio‘s ‘Inside Story Radio Show’ on September 16th. I feature on the ‘Inside Story Radio Show’ every month to give updates on Young People Insight and this month, it was requested that I ask young people the question, “How do you think we can make our society more peaceful”, to feed back some their answers on the show.
I got a number of great responses, most of which couldn’t be read out on the show earlier today, so I thought I’d share some more of them with you on the blog. Hopefully it will inspire you and you’ll see something you can put into practice to make our society a more peaceful one.
- “By finding peace within ourselves first” – Jason, 24
- “Educating people on issues creates less confusion and assumptions” – Dena
- “Change your perceptions and beliefs about it; then the universe will mold reality to fit your perception.” – Alana, 21
- “Within communities, having intentional gatherings and functions that integrate the members. That can possibly create a care and empathy among community members” – Sh’kira, 22
- “Have more social activities within a society. Continue to raise awareness of issues going on. Help understand and respect differences between individuals within the society.” – Simeon, 18
- “Society having a good and concrete moral standard which can be supported in all spheres: the home, schools, workplace to create unity. I believe God gave this to us in His counsel as to how we should live and also in the purpose He has given us in being created to commune with Him and one day be restored into His image. While we could try to make adjustments to society, it is the hearts and attitudes of men which is the root cause of the issues we face — the fixing of this is what will one day result in true and lasting peace.” – Lauren, 21
- “I think by engaging more with people, as in when you engage with people through activity or community projects, opportunities are created and people get to do something and feel happy or valued and I think that can bring peace; and acceptance” – Si-Ann, 23
- “A lot of music artists today portray a negative energy and everybody follows and picks up on the energy. The UK scene is on a high at the moment so every little thing the artists do is followed. If our artists can portray how they made it to the millions etc, it would motivate our youth and general society to achieve likewise” – Elliott, 19
- “Being helpful – when you see someone in trouble, whether they’re lost or confused, don’t act like you didn’t see them. Speak out against prejudice and discrimination when you see it. If ever you feel angry – take deep breaths before speaking… For me, the most significant things, which is honestly the simplest, is to smile at people on the street or even better yet, say hello.” – Nahed, 24
- “As individuals we need to be more aware and considerate of others. Show empathy. If we thought of others more and less of ourselves, fewer conflicts and issues would arise, resulting in a more peaceful society. And if people got to know Jesus through the Bible but most importantly build a relationship with Him and be changed by Him, our world could be transformed. Not just ‘I got to Church Christians’ but real ‘I’m striving every day to be like Christ Christians’. He’s the perfect example of peace” – Sophia, 22
- “I don’t think there is such a thing as peace. Between violence, politics and domestic abuse and everything in between, I don’t think it’s something that exists. We need to work on equality. The sooner everyone learns how to live together equally, the sooner the world becomes a better place.” – Daisy, 24