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Culture of peace

16.11.2018

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Migrations are a constant of our existence. Not only in the last decade, but forever – since the beginning of historical memory, as far back as the human species can remember. Migration played its part in the humanisation of our species, so it is sad to see modern societies and countries watching more or less passively as thousands who are seeking opportunities for a better life, a life worthy of a human being, are dehumanised.

It is pure coincidence that on the International Day for Tolerance the Slovenian government has once again confirmed its support for the UN pact on migration due to be signed in December in Marrakesh. It has confirmed it once again because, just as in some neighbouring countries, numerous intolerant voices have been raised in Slovenia and are fanning people's fears.

Fears that are perfectly human, but the unchecked growth of such fears conceals an essential fact: that at the end of the day we are all equal – those of us who live easy lives of prosperity and comfort, and those who leave their homes and families in search of a better future. In reality there is no division between "us" and "them". We are all people and we all have the right to a life of dignity.

Article 1 of UNESCO's Declaration of Principles on Tolerance states that tolerance is the virtue that makes peace possible and contributes to the replacement of the culture of war by a culture of peace.

Simply put, tolerance enables us to live together. It is therefore appropriate to ask (rhetorically): when we are intolerant towards others, whom does this intolerance really harm the most?


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