The word ‘peace’ originates from the Latin word ‘pes’, meaning tranquility, compact, agreement, treaty of truce, absence of hostility, and harmony. It was adopted by the French as ‘paix’ in the 11th century to refer to reconciliation, silence, and agreement. Since 1200, the significance of the word evolved to pertain to the personal emotional state of being ‘at peace’, which implies the personal state of relaxation and satisfaction. In some cultures, the word ‘peace’ is utilized for salutations and farewell like the Hawaiian word ‘aloha’ and the Arabic word ‘salaam’. In English, the phrase ‘rest in peace’ is mentioned when a dead body is buried comfortably without any troubles.
If we have talked about the significance of the word ‘peace’ etymologically in several languages, do we know its concrete significance in our lives? We are living in a time of political turmoil and economic tensions. Violence is increasing and people are suffering. How can this violence be curbed and relative peace be attained? If every individual in every society in the international community attempts to create that state of ‘peace of mind’, that will definitely create one harmonious world. However, this is almost impossible to take place under the current international turbulent circumstances. Are we craving for or daydreaming a Platonic Utopia? If the answer to this question might be ‘Absolutely, you are leaning on a celestial supposition’, I will ask where the labyrinth to peace is in this world. I believe that an accurate answer to this question cannot be obtained from anyone. The conclusion that could impose itself upon our quotidian lives is that the world has to unarguably suffer from conflicts between contradictions. There are reasons and pretexts for many actions and reactions that take place in the world, but there are also reasonless happenings that produce victims in addition to natural disasters that may augment the pain and torment of many people. Where is peace? How can comprehensive peace be attained? What does peace mean in this world?
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