Let's Work for World Peace

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Let's Work for World Peace

In conducting research for an essay that I am writing on constructive approaches to the problems of war and peace, I read a short, but thought-provoking fable by an unknown author. I would like to share that story with you, as well as my idea as a possible solution for world peace.

"Tell me the weight of a snowflake," a robin asked a wild dove. "Nothing more than nothing," was the answer. "In that case I must tell you a marvelous story," the robin said. "I sat on the branch of a fir, close to its trunk, when it began to snow --not heavily, not in a raging blizzard, no, just like in a dream, without any violence. Since I didn't have anything better to do, I counted the snowflakes settling on the twigs and needles of my branch. Their number was exactly 3,741,952. When the next snowflake dropped onto the branch -- nothing more than nothing, as you say --the branch broke off." Having said that the robin flew away. The dove, since Noah's time as authority on the matter, thought for awhile and finally said to herself: "Perhaps there is only one person's voice lacking for peace to come to the world."

In contrast to the several books I read for my research that detailed the cost and carnage of war, this one simple story moved me to want to add my voice for world peace and to think that maybe one person can make a difference for peace to come to the world.

My generation may well be the generation that brings total destruction or total peace to the world. Therefore, the United Nations should think about working together with government and educational cabinet members to put together a unified educational program in the schools of every country in the world to teach constructive approaches to resolve conflicts peacefully within the family, school, and community environments.

As a student in public schools, I have learned much about the military, nuclear weapons, and war, but very little about peace. Through special program, I have had the opportunity to Send a Mouse to College, Jump Rope For Heart, Prevent Aids, Heal The Environment, Just Say No to Drugs, Tell Someone About Abuse, and be a Student Against Drunk Driving. However, I have yet to be offered any kind of compressive and educational program promoting world peace.

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