“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela
Individuals across the globe are uniting their voices today in a cry for peace. Each year on Sept. 21, the Japanese Peace Bell is rung at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City to welcome in the International Day of Peace. The bell is cast from coins that have been donated by children around the globe. On the side of the bell are inscribed the words, “Long live absolute world peace.”
As Nelson Mandela observed, peace is not brought about by the physical weapons that war is so accustomed to. It comes through the human mind and will. Educating yourself is an introductory process toward peace, and can help you find a voice in the world. Finding that voice through learning and experiential growth takes work.
Eleanor Roosevelt observed that "It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it." Belief leads to action, but often it can be hard to know exactly how and where to act. Certain steps must be taken before one can expect to change the world.
Education is an important step and means of change for the better. The educated are motivated by the possibility of self-improvement and success. Unity is built within those at your learning institution or place of work. This rings true in whatever field of study or career you choose. We learn and we grow together, and as we do so — we learn about one another with an increased desire to help one another.
Whether you’re training to become a network engineer, or you’re developing skills in a specific art or the industry of banking and finance, understanding is being achieved. The more we educate ourselves the more we understand, and as the brilliant Albert Einstein observed, “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”
About the Author — Jake Slater is the social media manager for GoCertify and a graduate of Brigham Young University. All Jake is saying, is give peace a chance.