Everyone can do something for peace! With that in mind, PAX organizes the National Peace Week every third week of September. We live in agitating times. Right now, the realization that peace is not self-evident is growing. The images of refugees, war and growing polarization in our own country emphasizes the importance of stepping up for peace. The Peace Week is the right moment to take action together!
PAX stands for peace and brings people together who have the courage to step up for peace. Together with people in conflict areas and citizens involved worldwide, PAX works towards a more humane and peaceful society, all over the world.
This week, Ipso Facto will post something every day about what represents peace for one of our members. This can be interpreted broadly: a book, a film, a symbol, a person or a certain moment. We hope to bring awareness about PAX and the importance of taking action in regards to peace!
“I just moved to Ede and recently I discovered the heather there. It’s is beautiful as it is currently in full bloom. It is so peaceful there, I am convinced this world would be a more beautiful and peaceful place if everyone would visit it sometime. The other day I finished the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Housseini. It concerned women who lived in Afghanistan during the war there and it made me realise how precious the peacefulness we experience here is.” – Mirjam Scholtens’ view on peace in honor of the PAX Peace Week, first year Communication and Life Science student.
“When I think about peace, one thing that comes to mind is the book ‘The Freedom Writers Diary’. It’s about a woman, Erin Gruwell, and her English class at an American high school. These children are labelled “unteachable, at-risk” students. After reading Anne Frank’s diary together, Erin Gruwell encourages them to write about the troubles of their past; gang violence, abuse, eviction and more. For me it was very interesting and really confronting to read about discrimination and that there are undeclared wars happening with children caught between two sides. This book shows that even in a rich country such as the United States, human rights are not guaranteed. Just like Erin Gruwell does in the book, Amnesty International takes on urgent cases and makes them more widely known through individual stories. To me, peace has different levels. It is not only about living in a country without war, but also about tolerance and acceptance of differences. I think one of the most important aspects of a peaceful society is that people are able to live safely and with warrant of their rights.” – Iris van Holsteijns view on peace in honor of the PAX Peace Week, Chairwoman/Secretary of Amnesty International Student Group, second year International Development student
“To me, this scene radiates peace and rest because the film shows how an individual develops himself to a point in his life where he flies out. The scene shows the peace that can be found in the way life develops itself, and shows the satisfaction it can give.” – Tijmen Grootens view on peace in honor of the PAX Peace Week, second year International Development student
“To me, peace is not just the absence of war. It also refers to not being at war with yourself. Peace on a personal level therefore means being at peace with yourself and accepting who you are. This is especially important to students as they are subject to the highest rates of depression of all age categories. Personally I think being at peace with yourself is a huge contributor to this, and I think this very important personal aspect of peace is underestimated hugely. If everyone would be more at peace with themselves, world peace would naturally follow.” -Leanne Sanders’ view on peace in honor of the PAX Peace Week, first year Communication and Life Science student.
“When thinking of peace I think of times of conflict. When I was younger, we lived in Nepal. Due to circumstances at the time we had to leave the country within four days. I remember coming back after a day out and my room was completely packed, and soon after we left the country. It wasn’t until I was older that I heard that whilst all my things were packed, my parents were not able to bring all of their belongings back home. For some reason my dolls were more important than, for example, my mom’s language study books. Peace is the freedom from disturbance or conflict. And peace is seeking the interests of others. During times of conflict my parents always gave me a sense of peace and I am forever grateful.” – Eline van Dis’ view on peace in honor of the PAX Peace Week, first year Master International Development Studies
Thank you all for reading our members’ stories. We hope we brought some awareness about PAX and the importance of taking action in regards to peace!