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Maria Sofia T. Idioma 2ECO1 Imagine Martin Luther King, Jr.

once said, "Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation." Many people thought that the world is finally at peace when World War II was put to an end in 1945. But come to people's dismay, in the year of 2013, there are still countries experiencing conflict and warfare. A perfect example is the Syrian Civil War wherein there is an ongoing-armed conflict in Syria between forces loyal to the Syrian Ba'ath Party government and those seeking to oust it. To make things worse, the Syrian people themselves are belligerent against their fellow countrymen. This uprising has alarmed not only their neighboring countries but also, nations all over the world. Recently, the United Nations released an estimated overall death toll of 60,000 perished people in the duration of Syrian uprisings. With all that is happening, it is by instinct to question oneself, "When will this end and when can the world feel and grasp its long awaited goal of peace?" In order to resolve this big dilemma of our world, people should take into consideration human dignity, common good and solidarity. Human dignity is what makes us persons deserving reverence of other people. It also means respect for oneself. In this world of ours, there are no things that can make a person less of a being than the other. On the other hand, there comes common good. This principle of the social teaching of the church is very crucial in ending all the conflicts that are happening. It is achieved through taking into account the universal distribution of wealth, critical awareness and active engagement. Lastly, people should bear in mind solidarity, which is unity or agreement of feeling or action.

Who would want to live in a world full of hatred and dispute? Although wars are not simply put to an end, people can do simple actions and decisions to achieve a goal. All people should be unanimous and unified in achieving one goal and that is to finally have worldwide peace. One can start by respecting oneself, hold in high regard other cultures' beliefs and traditions, and by respecting the opinions of other people. We can trace these numerous conflicts with the near collapse of the most basic unit of society, which is the family. Destruction of families leads to destruction of the society. Unresolved conflicts in the families will mean more unresolved conflicts in the bigger community. In upholding the basic principles of the social teachings of the Catholic Church namely human dignity, common good and solidarity in our family and spread it to other families in the community, we can create a more supportive community, which will lead to a more peaceful world. But this is not the reality in this world where we live in. So sad if we will just sing and hum John Lennon's "Imagine"' and will just read the Acts of the Apostles in the Bible and not live it out. In our own small way, we can affect change of a peaceful environment by breathing out, living out the upholding of the basic social teachings of the Church.