India is a land of ancient cultural heritage. From time immemorial India has taught and preached the lesson of peace and harmony to the world. “Help and not fight, assimilation and not destruction. Harmony and Peace and not dissension”, these famous words were spoken by Swami Vivekananda. The appeal of his words was so great that the American press described him as an ‘Orator by Divine Right’. This divine Vedanta message contains the core of peace and happiness and satisfaction. What can be achieved by peace and harmony can never be achieved through arguments, fights and destruction. Development is only possible if peace prevails in the society.
Innumerable examples can be cited from history to prove this point. What did the two world wars give to this world? Misery, death, destruction and damage. Each dictator felt that he had set out to conquer the world. But leave alone the world, they could not conquer their own fate and destiny. Each dictator met with a tragic end. America thought that it had achieved a major success and victory by dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Millions of people lost their lives. Several were severely injured. Those who survived had their lives no better than dead people. Even till today the after generations are suffering from the after-effects of the deadly bomb. Can it be called a success or a victory?
So, isn’t it better to help rather than fight? A very perfect example to that can be cited here is that of the United Nations Organization. This organization helps its member nations in various ways. If any nation is in need of funds (for a constructive purpose, or at times of natural calamities) then it approaches this organization and help is always rendered. It is 100 times better to spend money this way than to spend money in making nuclear weapons, which brings only tears, destruction and misery to this world. Money should be spent to improve the economic condition of any country, to raise the per capita income of the nation and to improve the living standards of the citizens. Industries should be set up to raise productivity. The infrastructure of the country should be improved by constructing roads, bridges and power projects.
A very important step towards bringing peace and prosperity to all nations is the nuclear disarmament policy. If at all we want to use the nuclear energy it should be used for progressive and development purposes rather than using it for creating nuclear weapons and life taking bombs. Science and technology should be used in making the living conditions of people better. Take the examples of diseases which were considered epidemic a few years ago. But thanks to the useful application of science that has almost eradicated some of these epidemics from roots.
Great people have said that we have come to this planet to stay and not to live forever. So why not do something that our forthcoming generations get inspiration from our doings and follow our footprints and do something good for the world. Who can forget the disaster of the world trade centre? Just look at the difference when WTC was working in full flow and when it was crumpled to the ground. Loss of human life, loss of property, loss of economy. Can it ever be compensated? So let the world learn a lesson from such happenings and say that peace and harmony and not dissension is the right path to choose. Communal riots and clashes, internal and external aggression have become a part and parcel of our daily life. Whenever we sit down to watch any news there is rarely a day which goes by without the news of theft, destruction, riots and communal clashes and violation of laws.
Let us all take a vow to make this planet a more wonderful place by helping and not fighting, maintaining peace and harmony and follow the path of assimilation. There is nothing better than to hand over a better world from our side to our forthcoming generations.
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