As Martin Luther King once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate only love can do that.”
These recent weeks and months have been marked by pain, fear and anger not just by the devastating effects of COVID-19 on the lives of our loved ones and our communities, but also by the ongoing global systemic «hate » that pursuits its existence.
Unlike, COVID-19 which has impacted the lives of billions of people in the past few months, systemic hate (as well as racism ), has been prevalent for centuries. Just as solidarity is critical to tackling COVID-19, solidarity is key to dismantling structural and deep-rooted racial inequalities, hate and xenophobia. These are pandemics that we need to eliminate.
More than ever, I strongly believe, that all people share a moral responsibility to create peace. Mindful of both our rich heritage and our past failures to prevent war, and enriched by our present diversity of experience and perspective, we must commit ourselves to a radically inclusive and transformative approach to peace.
We must realize the potential and possibility, the interrelated and overlapping ethical streams, the value of different ways of being and knowing, the profound skepticism we should give our own efforts, and the chance to bring people together peaceably, equitably, respectfully.
Hopefully, in times of fundamental crisis, a window of opportunity for change opens up. Sometimes, this window of opportunity is purposefully leveraged to change the course of action…
Unity stands for peace in the presence of conflict; for love in the presence of hatred; for forgiveness in the presence of injury…More than ever Peace, Tolerance & Humanity Must Prevail #WEAREONE
N’oublions jamais que nous ne sommes qu’une terre, qu’un peuple, qu’une Humanité. Pour cela nous devons chercher à œuvrer ensemble, à construire un monde (en) commun, le Notre. (Yannick Le Guern )
By Laura Petrache