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The Year Ahead 2020

Peace Through Myriad Acts

The Korean Peninsula is today witnessing its greatest peacemaking efforts since the end of the Korean War in 1953. Nonetheless, more action is needed to achieve peace, and the international community should join forces in this effort.

SEOUL – Peace is not a state of tranquility. Peace can come about only through dialogue and numerous meetings, by taking bold actions that make the impossible possible, and by persistently looking for reasons why it is preferable.

I like forests. If you take a close look, you will discover that they are constantly on the move. Leaves conduct photosynthesis, ants march in single file transporting food, and tensions between game animals and predators perpetually run high. Forests are peaceful because myriad interconnected actors rely on one another even while they compete.

Mahatma Gandhi said that, “There is no path to peace. Peace is the path.” As his words suggest, peace is about making vociferous self-assertions while harboring aspirations. It also comes in the course of expressing concurring and dissenting opinions, and it cannot be obtained by any individual alone. Think of a football match: No matter how much we root for our team, the game will never commence unless we also recognize the opposing side. Peace exists amid the rowdiness of a football stadium.

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