What is the ultimate goal that we should all strive for? It’s peace and justice for everybody. Can you imagine the world where there is no violence, no animosity, no pain and no suffering? It would be heaven. Unfortunately, the opposite is currently the case. Just take a look at the newspaper! I guarantee that it’s filled with stories of injustice and negativity. This cannot go on!
Corruption, bribery, theft and tax evasion cost some US $1.26 trillion for developing countries per year; this amount of money could be used to lift those who are living on less than $1.25 a day above $1.25 for at least six years
The rate of children leaving primary school in conflict-affected countries reached 50 percent in 2011, which accounts for 28.5 million children, showing the impact of unstable societies on one of the major goals of the post-2015 agenda: education, as displayed on the un.org website.
These and many more facts make it very clear that our world is not even close to achieving true peace. However, it is not only these things that prevent this idyllic state from existing. It can be something as small as looking away when you see somebody getting bullied. The mindset of our people has to change. What possible gain could you have from inflicting pain and suffering to other people? What kind of satisfaction do you get from hurting others? Instead of having this mindset, we should all focus on ourselves and how to make ourselves better people instead of tearing others down.
In AIESEC our vision is to achieve peace and fulfillment of humankind’s potential, something that all of our members are striving for in their daily work. It’s an incredibly ambitious goal and one we hope to achieve someday. We believe that by developing young leaders all around the world, we will help people gain the necessary skill set to make an impact in the world. We want to live in a world where everybody is at peace and there is no suffering and we believe that will be possible some day.
It was Albert Einstein who said, “In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.” Until the day that we can say, no malevolent behavior can be seen, justice will remain a theoretical concept.
Do you speak up for peace and justice?
Author: Jakub Wolf