“The right to peace” is the theme for this year’s International Day of Peace – September 21st 2018.
I think there are lots of things, besides only peace, that we
should have a right to.
We’re born into a world governed by a system that was gradually put in place by people before us; we had no say in this. This system is perpetually maintained and meddled with by other people who otherwise (and generally) have nothing to do with us, again I believe we have no say in this; to say we have a say in it, I believe, is a delusion, which is why I choose not to vote (that and I see little benefit to me in voting in one person/party over another and the majority of people live differently to me, so their voting will sway the vote the way they wish it to regardless).
As an example, if a police officer stops me in the street and asks me for some ID, for whatever reason, why does he or she hold this authority over me? They were born into this world as equal as myself. I should have the choice, or freedom, to live how I want, to present ID if I wish, or not, or to not even be asked for it in the first place.
The argument would be that such a system is there for the benefit of all, and that me being asked for ID (as per the example) might be for a serious reason, such as “the heightened threat of terrorism”.
If I live in a world of peace, and I like to think I do, then in my world there is no terrorism, and therefore no threat, and thus no reason for me to be asked for ID (if that be the reason).
Peace, you see, (or as I’m trying to illustrate) goes a lot further than simply “no more wars”.
Peace is about living peacefully. If peace truly existed (I say if because it obviously doesn’t, since there needs to be a Day for it), then there would be an automatic bias towards it, a mutual trust if you will, a belief that everyone else was also also living peacefully, and therefore no more “threat of this or that” and therefore no more asking for ID on the streets. To ask for ID is a mark of distrust, an accusation, an illustration that the person asking for it lives in a world without peace, a world that I don’t want to be a part of. Awkwardly, the peaceful outcome of such a request would be for me to peacefully hand over my ID, but contradictory that goes against the grain of the peaceful world I [seek to] live in.
Living where I do in the UK I feel like I have a lot of freedom, but I also see that there is not as much as there could be, certainly not as much as people might think there is, and likely not as much as I think also. In a previous post (about the freedom to wear a burka) I used The Naked Rambler as an example and I think he is as fitting here also; Stephen Gough spent years in prison for exercising his freedom which in his world is the right to choose whether to wear clothes or not. It’s not the act of not wearing clothes that he argues for, but what they and all the other forms of conformity, rules and laws represent. I should be able to live as free as I want (I could say I choose to wear clothes, but why do I choose that?) since I should be as equal to anyone else (anyone, that is, who has placed themselves, or been placed, in a position seen by them and the system to be above me); this should be my right, therefore I have the right to live as free as I want, I
should have a right to peace and so should do you.