World peace does not mean that we are all going to be best friends. And it doesn't mean that we are never going to disagree or have conflict. Conflict is not synchronous with violence; it can be healthy and a normal part of life. How people deal with conflict is the key. Peaceful resolution is possible for nearly every situation.
World peace does not mean that we all have to be the same. Our differences make us unique, and to a point, differences are necessary. For example, geography plays a large role in our cultures. Geography affects how our houses are built, what food is available and how it is stored, what clothing a person wears, and even what times of the day are most productive. A person who lives in Greenland is going to live differently than a person living in Somalia; it only makes sense.
World peace does not mean that we have to have the same religion. Religion is a very personal and powerful idea. Even those who don't believe in anything have strong feelings about religion. I could write for hours about religion, but one key thing to consider is that NO major religion teaches violence. Religion helps a lot of people center themselves and have a sort of purpose for their lives. It should never be a source of hate.
World peace does not mean that we ignore the evils that do exist in the world. We should never lay down and accept that others are violent and not deal with those people. Sometimes force is necessary to ultimately bring peace and protect life itself.
Peace is possible. Maybe not today or tomorrow, but in time with the right approach we can make it happen. It all starts with respect for those around us and acceptance that we are different. World peace means coming together for the common good of humanity and ending the cycle of unnecessary suffering.
Written by Sarah Frederick