War and Peace

Peace… what is peace?! Have you ever read a novel before, consisting of no conflict or climax? This probably not true, because authors only write novels that would sell, and make them money. Well, why wouldn’t those novels make money? The truth is that people want suspense. Readers want something that arouses their emotions. They want to laugh as lovers attempt to impress each other. They want to mourn, as the mistress leaves her lover. They want to cry as they reunite once again. They want to go through the whole experience together, and be part of it. But if there is no conflict, when will they mourn? Why would they cry at the end?

The truth is that people say they don’t want war and that they hate drama and conflict. But does that mean it’s true?  No, it’s not true. Most people need to feel the struggle, grief, and relief to love a novel. If those emotions aren’t experienced, the reader feels like an outsider. But if those emotions are portrayed, the reader feels as if part of them is within the deep meaning of the book; closing the book, for some means trying to overcome what has become part of them.

It’s really the war that makes peace more appreciated. Without war, one cannot understand the beauty of peace. If people were to live in calmness, there would be an empty part of them, the lack of struggle, compromise, and experience. People need a struggle to become experienced and wise. Although war is a pain that many hope not to experience, but indeed it is the only thing that gives taste to life, and is inevitable. But how people decide to undergo the war, is how the taste of their life is determined, whether it be good or bad. As told by many wise people, “if you have never failed, you have never succeeded.” You can never truly appreciate the bliss of peace unless you have experienced the bitter war.

By Rozaline Beshay