renowned American essayist, lecturer, philosopher and poet -Ralph Waldo Emerson
once said that “peace cannot be achieved through violence; it can only be
attained through understanding.” And we must
understand that without tolerance and harmony the lasting peace of societies
cannot be maintained, and loyalty for each other cannot be established.
Since the 2016 election of Adama Barrow as president, The Gambia has recorded the world’s largest improvement in peace, moving up 35 places in the latest ranking of Global Peace Index, from 111th in 2017 to 76th. This massive achievement now means that The Gambia is ranked, for the first time, amongst the 15 most peaceful countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
This is a welcome development as the country marches towards nurturing and maintaining lasting peace despite our democratic transition dispensation.
In this era of globalisation, where people of different backgrounds, cultures and religions live together, and where the world has become multicultural and full of diversity, establishing peace and harmony has become very crucial and important, and fostering mutual love and affection has become vital.
We must bear in mind that a peaceful society is a result of peaceful persons. And peace can be established only when every single unit of society is ready to live in peace.
This therefore reminds us about the virtues of tolerance as without the latter it would difficult to live in peace. We must be willing to accept or to tolerate, especially opinions or behaviour you may not agree with, or to behave sensibly with those who are not like you.
It also means showing respect for the race, gender, opinions, religion and ideologies of other people or groups, and to admire the good qualities and good work of others.
God bless The Gambia!
“What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other’s folly - that is the first law of nature...”