I recently attended the Africa Peace Symposium in London. The theme was 'Peace and Brotherhood', I was glad to be asked as a female to be asked to address the attendees.
Keynote Speaker was Karim A.A. Khan QC. He stated that we should be scholars of history and he highs and lows of civilisation, if we want peace.
Learning: We needed to be patient and humble if we want peace. Creating or gaining peace is not an over night mission.In this day and time we are so mesmerized by celebrities, money, television - that seems to attract our attention and we want to listen. But if a person is humble and this is perceived as a weakness, therefore, we dismiss the person and the message as non important.
If we are to gain peace then we need to search out the truth and the truth cannot be found in newspapers or the television. Using such sources diminishes the enquiring mind. The society today almost forces a choice between, cult of the celebrity life Vs the cult of truthful life and this requires an enquiring mind, which is God given. It is God given that we have Human Rights.
Fundamentally the truth of Human Rights is not rocket science neither do you need a doctorate to understand. Ask any refugee, asylum seeker, subject of modern day slavery, victim of senseless gun or knife crime - were your Human Rights infringed? - common sense tells you the truths about Human Rights.
When we talk about Human Rights it can lead us to conversations about wanting 'Justice'. However we never do get absolute justice. The law has improved over the past 30 to 40 years but not applied equally locally, nationally or globally. There is still much disparity in the use of The Law (there is one for the rich and famous and one for the poor and vulnerable) and causes much debate.
Kindness and love are the beginning of piety. You cannot love an artist and hate his painting, or love a musician but hate his music or love God but hate his creation? Do not be a passive spectator to evil. Stop it with your hand. Stop it with you mouth - speakout. Condemn it in your heart. The perpetuation of evil happens when good people do nothing (Edmund Burke). If Peace is the Key, where is the lock?