There have been numerous wars and armed conflicts throughout the history of mankind. The use of violence as a means to settle conflict was mostly seen in the two wars of this century where millions of lives were lost in a conflict over seemingly puerile issues which could have been resolved by peaceful negotiation. Many people are sceptical at the prospect of everlasting peace and their cynicism leads them to scoff at others who wish for peace in the world.

I strongly feel that cynical people who do not believe in peace are basically too jaded about life. Their failure to appreciate the desire for peace stems not from a strong conviction against its possibility but from a fear that they would be seen as weak and idealistic people. It is such so called realistic people who prevent the peace from becoming true as they feel that violence is justified and necessary.

If everybody is willing to work out a conflicts by consensus and discussion, then war becomes unnecessary as a form of conflict resolution. Imagine two world leaders are both committed to peace, the probability of conflict and war between them would correspondingly be much lower. If however only one of them is sceptical and cynical over prospects of peace then he may opt for the easy way out, which is to wage a war. It is only if a person believes in something before it can happen in reality. If Columbus never believed in the New Land, then he would never have stumbled across America.

It is absolutely important that a person should hope and believe that peace is a possibility for it to become a reality. If no one in the world talks about peace then it will never come about. By taking this first step of convincing ourselves on the applicability of peace, then we can move forward and create more concrete measures to make peace a reality. Although wars have occurred frequently in human history, it does not mean that it has to be a permanent feature thereafter in our future. Instead, we should try to...