The idea of peace culture has become popular nowadays. As opposed to the culture of war and violence, peace culture is an approach to the promotion of sustainable peace among religious and ethnic groups as well as among any other communities. This implies that peace is possible, provided that it can be instilled through education, cultural activities, and even through literature.
Many novelists, including the ambassador of peace Prem Rawat, is among those who use literature to instill the culture of peace in us. The goal is to inspire people to learn how to solve any conflicts or cope with any problematic issues through ideas and instructions published in literature. This article is an insight to the culture of peace in literature.
Promoting nonviolence through literature
Literature can be used to raise public awareness of the danger of resolving conflicts through violence. In their free time, teens, adolescents, adults and the elderly may spend their time reading and take lessons from the novel or the works of art they have read. In other words, literature is a powerful tool to change public mindset from bad to good, especially if the content of the article focuses on nonviolence and long-lasting peace.
The ambassador of peace, Prem Rawat, is among the inspiring writer when it comes to peace culture through literature. In fact, his non-fiction novel entitled “When the Desert Blooms” which was written in Spanish (Cuando el desierto florece) is a best-seller edited by the Penguin Random House in 2018. Thanks to that, the writer could share his message of peace to a large number of people in hundreds of countries worldwide.
Literature is a promoter of peace
Indeed, novels and books written by such peace advocates can be a source of inspiration for people to establish harmony in the society and refrain from any use of violence to solve conflicts.
- Literature can give a vivid image of the setting, which describes where and when the plot was set. For example, if the story was set during a war, the use of descriptive language is enough to send a long-lasting mental picture of the war scene. By reading about the atrocities of warlords in conflicting countries, with the scenes describing bloodshed and violence, it is sure that terror and frustration feel the readers' mind.
- Literature is an efficient way to induce people into peace talks or peaceful negotiations. By reading about effective ways to settle disputes through reconciliation, people are likely to implement the same measures when dealing with similar cases.
Literature can give guidelines to socio-economic development
Literature is essential to nurture the culture of peace within each individual. It is sure that peace starts from each individual, and each is responsible for restoring global peace. Peace education is best to be achieved through literature. Clearly, one of the problems why some countries lag behind the others is due to lack of knowledge.
In fact, resources and literature are restricted to learned men and to those who are inspired to self-development. Books are inaccessible to some citizens in developing countries due to their high cost or unavailability.
In contrast, it is common knowledge that inhabitants in developed countries benefit from innumerable resources which enable them to develop personally and emotionally. Fulfilled individuals have a positive outlook in life. It is obvious that democratic participation from each community in developing countries is outstanding.
As a result, each individual can focus more on finding efficient ways for the sustainable socio-economic development of their nation. In addition, they are more respectful of human rights, including the rights of children and those of women and men.