Peace represents the state of life which is characterized by non-violence, serenity, prosperity and good health. It can be seen through interpersonal and international relationship.
To promote peace, art has been used throughout human history. For example, it is common to use a dove or an olive branch to symbolize peace. Another peace symbols are used according to the culture. There are many reasons why peace advocates and peace mediators use arts to promote peace.
The ambassador of peace, Prem Rawat, for example, chose to paint the message of peace, which highlights the possibility of each individual to attain peace, with catchy graffiti painting on a mural in London to induce youths and teens to harmony. In this article, our focus is on the uses of art in peacekeeping.
The good things about using arts for peace
Music, cartoons and movies, efficient tools to cultivate peace
Music is the most efficient way to transmit a message about peace. This is because people like singing. Youths, children, the elderly or adults will listen to the same song again and again as long as its melody and music are good for the ears; but they will also sing the song many times if the vocals are memorable. Cartoons and movies are also effective tools to cultivate peace in children, youngsters and young adults.
In their free time, it is common for people to watch a movie with friends or family. The movie session is often followed by post-viewing discussions and comments among the viewers. Thus, it creates more impacts to nurture love and harmony through songs, cartoons and movies.
Radio plays can reduce stress
Another interesting way to pass on the messages of peace to people is through radio plays. In public transportation, it is common to hear radio plays broadcast in the evening when we commute back home from work. It is amazing how attentive people are when listening to the program.
And if the driver switches the radio channel into another, it will result into great dissatisfaction from the passengers; and they usually complain immediately to the driver. This is the time they can unwind from the stressful work and studies. Therefore, it is a good idea to promote peace through radio plays.
Paintings and figurines speaks more than many words
Painting peace symbols or erecting peace figurines have become common these days in order to deter people from violence. The most common form is seen through the implantation of peace figures in the form of statues in almost every 2 mile.
In the neighborhood, for example, it is common to see statues of different catholic figures which are erected with the hope to make people think about praying each time they pass by the corner.
Thus, it can be said that without anybody reminding them that they should maintain peace, the presence of the piece of art can deter people from violence.
Getting a message through art is not frustrating
Art can help children who suffer from trauma to find a temporary feeling of safety and hope. By looking at the painting of a peaceful landscape, for example, children who have always lived in conflicting countries, where infrastructure has been devastated by wars, can see the picturesque aspects of a peaceful country.
This will incite them to love and hunger for peace. In fact, they are usually feeling unfulfilled because of the demoralizing wars in their neighborhood and town.
Landscape painting promotes inner peace
The sight of a peaceful landscape showing the ocean, the sun and the horizon is an efficient promoter of inner peace. On the other hand, whenever you see the peaceable mountains with a river and birds in a poster, with some rice fields and farmers too, the image of the harmonious, tranquil life in the countryside comes to mind.
If you cannot travel to the countryside for Zen meditation, it is advisable to have such a peaceful painting on your wall and practice following the important steps to be taken to attain inner peace while sitting next to it. Prem Rawat teaches the ability of each individual to discover their inner peace within themselves, which is also best to be practiced in a peaceful environment.