The piece of slavery, or injustice? Can we dare

The word Peace in itself holds no meaning. It is not the
opposite of violence. A hungry man’s idea of peace is a full stomach. A nation
at war may claim the end of violence as peace, even though it may come at the
price of hunger.  Similarly, a man may
seek peace from the stress and tension of the everyday life. A priest may seek
peace in communion with God, perhaps even death, the ultimate representation of
God’s embrace. 

Many would suggest that the absence of violence or war is
peace (“What Is Peace?”, 2017). But can we equate a ‘just’ peace with a
piece of slavery, or injustice? Can we dare suggest that just because an unjust
society does not have conflict, its idea of Peace has the same value as that of
an honorable society? If that is the case, then we should accept the
conflict-free regimes of dictators and tyrants as peaceful (Rummel,1975,
35).  One may derive from the above
argument that peace is not a static phase that either exists or not. It is a
dynamic feature of society that has less to do with violence and more to do
with human interactions and mindset (Rummel,1975, 36). There exists a
relationship between peace and conflict, such that the conditions necessary for
peace and any changes in such conditions make conflict more likely or less
likely. We need to consider the idea that peace does not exist in a vacuum. It
might be better to treat peace as a social contract, such that we as the
members of society achieve peace through negotiations, adjustments,
resolutions, and decisions. Such a scenario makes peace an active, dynamic part
of society and not a passive tenet (Rummel,1975, 102). It is through our
cooperative existence and interaction that we bring about the conditions of
peace. Peace also holds a pivotal relation to power. It is only through a
balance of power that the conditions of peace are fulfilled (Rummel,1975, 102).

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Peace can both be external and internal from the point of
view of an individual (Rummel,1975, 40). As a social construct, peace is
limited to the external sphere where the interactions and actions of other
members of society play a role in bringing about peaceful environment. But if
we were to consider human nature we would find the flaw in such an arrangement
(“What Is Peace?”, 2017). If a person is not at peace with himself and
finds chaos in his heart, it won’t be long before the said chaos leaks to the
external world. Perhaps we may call the internal peace a ‘spiritual peace.’ If
the expectations and desire of an individual are not in congruence with the
social reality, there can be no peace.

The social reality that is evidenced in the world in the
forms of contracts, governments, national and international interactions are
just the manifestation of the expectations, values, and meaning inherent in the
minds of the people that are party to the social contract.