We’ve all heard the famous saying: “Two wrongs don’t make a right” but what does this mean in relation to human rights and peacekeeping? Does the end justify the means?
Well – no I say! The term oxymoron springs to mind. Violence only begets violence. If we want peace, we have to pursue non-violent means because a foundation built in opposition to the very principles one is apparently defending is a contradiction in terms. You can’t “force” or establish “peace” with violence as this is the very opposite of peace itself. Self-defense for example is one thing but ultimately there needs to be dialogue, discussion, understanding and engagement or no long-lasting bonds or change can be established.
Here’s ten great quotes which highlight exactly why violence is not the answer to any problem and especially not in establishing or maintaining peace.
1. Difference of opinion is acceptable but violence is not
2. Difference is unavoidable but violence is
3. Only a peaceful resolution can ensure peace
4. To fight violence with violence is a lost cause
5. Vengeance and violence only perpetuates a cycle of violence
6. In order to establish peace, parties must understand each other
7. Dialogue is essential for establishing mutual understanding
8. Once you understand the other party, you can come to an agreement
9. Agreements which respect the rights of others can therefore avoid violence
10. Because ultimately, peace thrives on non-violence, love and compassion!
Food for thought folks!
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