Johannes Brömmel
Gisela-Gymnasium, München/Germany (1999) on 2018-01-10

A very interesting Article, Ms. Sarma. I especially like the philosophical introduction.
In the end you say that to achieve peace actions are more important than words. In some cases, in would agree, but when I think of political conflicts I would say that diplomatic conversation is the most important thing. Premature actions are way to harmful in those environments, so careful wording is needed. Would you agree?

Greetings from Germany!


“Integration or separation: How do we want to live
by Shashi Sarma Gurugram Public School, Gurgaon/India on 2017-08-21

The five letter word “world” is too small to understand its depth. We must admit that the world is a gift which has been bestowed upon us and we should share with others. Since the world has been given to us, we can no longer view reality in a purely utilitarian way, in which efficiency and productivity are entirely geared to our individual benefit. Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching and the greatest things can happen. But for this we must find the answers of the questions – What is the purpose of our life in this world? Why are we here? What is the goal of our life, work and all our efforts? What are our responsibilities towards our mother Earth? What are we leaving behind for our future generations?

Once we find answers to these, it will be easy for us to find as to how we want to live in this world. Man is a social animal and would never prefer to live alone. But the greed, jealousy, anger, hunger for power etc. has led him to create boundaries of his own world leading to conflicts among countries.  We must realize that when we share this earth, sunlight etc. equally then why can’t we live together like a big family. Why can’t we bring peace into it? We must move beyond stereotypes of cast, religion, colour, gender, geographical locations etc. where people trust each other and where we compete in making the world a better place to live.

Every day we find newspapers, television and computer screens full of shocking and horrible crimes detailing a very serious decline in morals and values in our community. We need to rediscover our path and direction. We have to realize that this current behavior is only a symptom of far deeper issues within our society. The need for truth and clarity has never been greater or indeed more obvious than it is right now.  We need to bring in a defined halt to the degradation of our society by restoring the foundation of a strong and effective culture.

All of us would like to live in the world where all are treated equally regardless of their cast, religion, gender, disability  and the world free of terrorism, corruption, pollution, fights, wars, disagreements etc. We want the world where respect is given to women in all spheres of life. The efforts are to be made to bring everyone so close that they can understand each other’s need. The birds, animals feel free to live . Where protection and food is given to stray animals. United we can gain success in making the world peaceful and beautiful.  Time has come when we need to act and not waste time in discussions.  Swami Vivekanand has rightly said, “ Words are very faulty medium of expression. It is the action that determines the man.”

Shashi Sarma

Gurugram Public School

Gurgaon, India