YaLa Academy Peace Institute in Honor of Nelson Mandela final project: Imagine what the MENA region would look like in 10 years, if peace was established today? How did it happen? What practices and institutions were put into place in order to establish this peace? Remember to draw on the skills we’ve learned from our lecturers throughout the semester. You can write a blog, make a video, write a song, create an infographic… Feel free to get creative!
By Menia Rim, Algeria
As an unearned right to vote repeatedly violated, peace is less significant in some of our societies. Often linked to freedom, an unconditioned but unconditional freedom, which, according to a reply which says that “Freedom is snatched but not given” is also less significant than peace which is an ultimate goal of individuals, ensembles of individuals but governments also, stalked by a malaise called “politics”.
Let’s take this definition of peace as a “common” destiny, how to imagine the MENA region in 10 years if peace was established? This is not easy as a question, but the answer remains. In psychology, or in psychiatry, hallucinations are recognized, treated and inevitable, peace is also recognized, treated and inevitable, anything but hallucinatory.
If peace is the common destiny of the entire MENA region, to go through one or many common institutions becomes an obligation. Let’s imagine this organization where the interests of the populations exceed those of the governments and peace is a social ideal above all, this organism fit into and adapt situations of wars, conflicts and violence.
Man, in his existential quest has always sought security, as a sign of prosperity, this organization has applied this law, this watchword and managed to put an end to civic, physical and moral wars. Certainly, co-existence between groups of completely different individuals is not obvious but the HUMAN will always end up by wining-over, this was no longer a choice.
To see this Israeli in the arms of his Palestinian brother on the land of Jerusalem, the land of all humans, of all religions, land of peace and incarnation of freedom, this Iraqi, Syrian or Libyan or other, nobody is no longer able to notice the difference because the plague was common and peace became the only emblem, the only flag that floats. This organization has succeeded in destroying all social barriers and any geographical limitation.
10 years of age remains a figure, a number but a number with a certain amount of hope, but above all a will. To believe that what connects us is more important than what separates us, and that malaise is treated, peace becomes a responsibility for choice and commitment. While time resumes the relay and history resumes its line, PEACE IS HERE!
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