Usually I draw
my themes from what is happening around me, what catches my eye and makes my thoughts
revolve. This week it was not only the events in Turkey but also the drama
performance ‘Us from the Past’ by a group of young people at the Bedesten in
What does peace
movement actually mean and what does it contain? Basically it represents the
opinion, wish and will of a group of people which is not accepting the
decisions and deeds of their or other countries’ government, with regard to war
actions and injustices.
Then we must ask
ourselves why are wars started? The
basic reason is want of space, of resources. The people of the world want the
whole cake, they are not content with just one piece, a fair share, they want
it all. It is greed and the fear of hunger, a question of survival of their
tribe. With what do governments protect what they have? With laws and weapons. If
a country calls itself peaceful why do they build up armies, forcing by law
young people to military service, and why do they produce deadly weapons and
make them an important economical product? That is in itself already a warlike
action, delivering weapons to a group of people or a country means taking
On the other
hand what would happen if a country would discontinue military service and the
production of weapons? They would be weak and open to warlike aggressions of
other countries. That means peace can only be when you are a strong opponent,
when you are feared by the others, feared to press the certain red button which
will extinguish the other party, an action which carries in itself the danger
of self-destruction in the end. A vicious circle. Why should only a handful of
countries have this kind of protection, they all want to protect themselves
with deadly weapons to make the others afraid of them. I am just playing with
the thought of a weapon free world…..the trouble here would be that people
don’t trust each other and would have weapons secretly, just in case.
men and women stood up for peace over the last century, artists did, painters,
writers and poets, dancers, singers, women and children all over the world, so
one could have the impression that actually the whole world population would
want nothing but peace. We even have an international court to have war
criminals judged. So why does it not work?
There are so many answers that I could fill several pages with them. We all
want too much. Ok, we want peace but we also want a car and want to benefit from
all the luxury available to us; for the car we need petrol, for the house we
need gas and we need electricity; we need rare earth for technology, and we need money to get it, and we expect
our government and economy to provide for it. How they do it, is their problem.
Those in the ruling parties are not any different from us, they want more and
more and become corrupt and forget that they are the servants of the people.
The same vicious circle.
What do you
suggest we do?
To put away with
the things that awaken greed? Use a donkey to do the shopping? Or the bus? Live
simple, employ some thoughts towards environment? Yes, small steps, but
eventually we would arrive somewhere. We should also do away with the belief that
we need riches for happiness and recognition. The true riches are elsewhere,
freedom of mind, education, creativity, responsibility, communication and
sharing, friendship and family and trust. When these riches are endangered as
they are at the moment in Turkey, then people must stand up and tell their
leaders: STOP, we refuse cooperation and defend our true property.