I Believe in Peace

Dylan - Knoxville, Tennessee
Entered on January 8, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: peace
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I believe in peace. Peace between people, peace among societies, peace between countries, and most importantly – world peace. I wish that we lived in a peaceful world, but obviously that is not the case. Ever since I was little, I have drawn peace signs everywhere. I affiliated these symbols with hippies, and the 1960s, because I just liked their happiness and caring attitudes. I would draw them on random pieces of paper, my hands, and anywhere and everywhere I saw a blank space that could use a little uplifting. It wasn’t until I started maturing, however, that I really thought about the meaning of what I was drawing. Today, I always see young people and my friends wearing peace signs on their clothes or on jewelry. Peace signs have become quite a fashion statement nowadays. Every time I see someone sporting the symbol I support unconditionally, I question myself as to why they have chosen to wear it. Maybe they are just following popular trends by wearing the newest fashions of their favorite stores. Or hopefully, in my opinion, they understand what peace signs stand for and really believe in the message they portray. I draw peace signs because my goal is to spread their message where ever and whenever I can. Peace signs, to me, represent the world the way I want it to be.

Learning about wars in school and on TV made me disappointed to discover we don’t live in the perfect world I imagined. I learned about the corruption, disrespect, and hatred between people, societies, and countries. I believe the backbone behind a peaceful world is kindness, caring, and having respect for one another. I try to live a peaceful life for the most part, by having no prejudices or hatred for anyone. I truly wish everyone lived by this philosophy, or at least similar ones, because the world would be a completely different place. I know that one person can make a difference, and if every single person tried his or her hardest to help out the world in small ways, gradually we will make process. I know I will always have the picture of a peaceful world in my mind; that is a part of me that will never change. I would love to see the day where world leaders have peace signs drawn on their hands and smiles on their faces. Until then, I will continue to leave my mark of choice, a peace sign, anywhere I can to show what I believe this world can eventually resolve to. My ideal world may seem a little farfetched, but a girl can dream, can’t she?