- May everyone care for the needs of others and share what is available in an equitable manner.
- May no one take vengeance for past wrongs of others.
- May everyone always act responsibly in a trustworthy and reliable manner.
- May everyone appreciate the wellbeing and happiness of all humans, just as one’s own – irrespective of gender, race, ethnicity, tribe, religion, language, culture, and ideology.
These reflections refer to four basic human virtues any one could readily embrace. We can inculcate them in us by simply reflecting on them on a regular basis and by putting them into practice in our daily life. They do have the ability to confront and even eradicate what seem to be the main enemies of peace: greed for resources, vengence for past wrongs (social and political vendetta), despotism (greed for power), and identity politics based on identifiable differences among humans (such as race, ethnicity, religion, language, culture, ideology, and the like). According to researchers, one or more of these enemies of peace are behind any given major conflict in the world! There will be no real peace on Earth, unless and until we gain power over them.
In any society, those who engage in regular reflection of the above simple virtues and try to put them into practice in their day to day life will NOT empower those who are greedy for resources or power, promote vengeance for past wrongs, or indulge in identity politics.This in turn will help change the present world of tension, fear and uncertainty to one of relief, resilience and lasting peace. What this means is that the spread of the practice of these reflections among humans can create an energetic field strong enough to empower the course of human destiny. The onus is on the living inhabitants of the planet to do the needful. Together we will succeed.
Dr. Parvaneh Farhangpour’s Peace Reflections
Dr Parvaneh Farhangpour Nikkhesal is a researcher, educator, and writer. She has lived in five countries across the globe. She holds a BA from Osmania University, India, MA from Tehran University, Iran, B. Ed from Toronto University, and a PhD in Curriculum Development from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She has over 28 years of teaching experience at tertiary institutions in South Africa and is a retired Surrey Schools District teacher. She has several publications, including research papers in international journals, high school textbooks, and has presented numerous papers at international conferences. She is the creator of a life skills program the Youth Enrichment Programme, which was widely used in South Africa and its neighboring countries for over a decade. She has published a couple of poems in Canadian magazines and held the second position in the 2021 Global Peace Alliance literary award – senior’s category.
Presently, she is focusing on writing poetry as well as research-based articles, also presenting inspiring talks. She is interested in the arts, and humanitarian and spiritual matters.
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