Wednesday, September 21 2011 @ 10:45 AM AST
Contributed by: NicolaJoseph
Message of Peace for the International Day of Peace September 21st 2011 by the Honourable Nizam Baksh Minister of Community Development
The International Day of Peace, observed each year on September 21, is a global call for non violence. The United Nations continue to spread the message of peace and Trinidad and Tobago has joined in that mission within the shores of our beautiful nation.
Every one of us wants this world to be a better place. We all want to live in a more peaceful and prosperous Trinidad and Tobago. But how do we build the country we want? And by extension, how do we build a more peaceful world? It begins with our thought processes.
The threats to global peace and security are many: tyranny and oppression, war and nuclear armament, and so many other ills that have plagued our planet for centuries.
In Trinidad and Tobago, we should spend some time on the International Day of Peace thanking God that we have been spared most of these hardships. In observance of this important Day, and with the work of the Community Mediation Services Division in mind, I urge all citizens to adopt an approach to anger management that resolves conflicts and disputes through peaceful means. Let us begin with our thoughts.
If we could change our mindsets by contemplating only healthy, peaceful and harmonious thoughts, we would have latched on to a single but revolutionary process.
Changing our thoughts would inevitably change our actions, and changing our actions would make all the difference, and bring about the change we wish to see in our country today.
Our ability in Trinidad and Tobago to live together in peace and harmony, every race, ethnicity and religion, is one of our greatest assets.
May Trinidad and Tobago continue to reflect the inscription on the United Nations Plaza: “They shall beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nations shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”
May we therefore demolish hateful thoughts and show nothing but love to our fellow men.
CREDITS: Photo courtesy the Ministry's Communications Unit