Building Peace in a Time of Terror: The challenge of insecurity in the minds of men and women

Kris Rampersad
Posted October 9, 2018 from Trinidad and Tobago
Building Peace in a Time of Terror
Author/Educator/Advocate, Dr Kris Rampersad, then Chair of the UNESCO Education Commission at the memorial at Place de Republique followng the attacks on Paris, November 2015. Photo (c) KrisRampersadArchives

There is so much emphasis on the weapons and tools of security personnel and processes to counter violence and extremism, but the resources needed to reverse the dangers that lurk where insecurities are hatched - in the minds of men and women, to achieving peace and security remains the greater challenge... I am sharing here an excerpt from my blog, Demokrissy, linked here,  reflecting on the processes of peacebuilding and peacemaking. The full post can be accessed here:  

(From) Let's Build that Wall: A Wall of Greatness

As I waited for the UNESCO General Conference to signal its acceptance of the work of the Education Commission, I thought of the security processes applied to get into the building. It included a system of accreditation along with meeting visa requirements and the airport and immigration requirements of the host country. Then there were the physical security scans from friendly gate keepers, and badges that function as the passport into the meetings. Through the portal of peace, in dark and not so dark suits and demure or colourful dresses, passed benign philosophers, poets, peace advocates and lobbyists. The same processes were used for those of the more radical ilk; technocrats of conservative or liberal order; politicians visionary or mundane. Among them were men and women who held lofty ideals and outlooks and were thrilled to be part of the process of upliftment and charting the course for development in the path of human history; but among them, too, were, also, novices, inexperienced politicians and power mongers and those with petty ambitions, institutional and personal insecurities, harbouring grudges, prejudices and hatreds.

A microcosm of the minds of the men and women in the world poured through the security posts, but the scanners would be hard-pressed to detect any dangers that may lurk in the minds of any of those, I thought, privy to some of, but not all, of the undercurrents – political, social, cultural, economic –and going over potential scenarios and their treatment and handling that will not expose the façade of diplomacy that pervaded the atmosphere.

So what mechanisms were there; what checks on the minds of the men and women entering the walls and halls, and the danger that may lurk therein? What defences did the organization or any of the occupants have if not peace, but war, vengeance, violence raged in some of the minds of the men and women who were entering its walls? What inspection and what security checks were there on these? And what warnings and signals of danger should we look out for?

To build the defences of peace, the institution and those participating were making themselves vulnerable to such unknowns in the minds of men and women.

From unfolding occurrences behind the scenes, it seemed that while the processes of physical security might have been well thought-out, the defences of the institutions and its peace processes remained significantly vulnerable to the unknown, metaphysical elements in the ‘minds of men and women’. For full artcile go to Demokrissy, linked here,

This story was submitted in response to The Future of Security is Women .

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Jill Langhus
Oct 09, 2018
Oct 09, 2018

Hi Kris,

Thanks for sharing part of your article on how to build a stronger system of peace internally. I think you're quite right that most institutions are focused on putting out fires or preventing fires rather than looking at what's lurking behind or underneath the fires.

Good luck with your story submission.

Kris Rampersad
Nov 10, 2018
Nov 10, 2018

Hey tnxs much for the feedback and encouragement. Yes the issues are much deeper than we often look at cheers

Jill Langhus
Nov 11, 2018
Nov 11, 2018

You're welcome:) Hope you have a great day!

Princesse MUHINDO
Oct 11, 2018
Oct 11, 2018

Bonjour Chris,
Nous sommes toutes fières de contribuer au changement avec nos voix et bienvenue encore une fois sur worldpulse. Merci d'avoir partager votre histoire

Alice Borngreat
Oct 12, 2018
Oct 12, 2018

Thanks you for your good works,keep it up. Your reward will be great.

Tarke Edith
Oct 19, 2018
Oct 19, 2018

Dear Kris.
Thank for sharing you own point of veiw as concert peace and insecurity which is very rampant in our society today .

Lisbeth
Oct 19, 2018
Oct 19, 2018

Dear Kris,
It definitely need courage for such steps you outline to be implemented, all the same we all can help, starting with tuning our mind set.

We all can try to do the little we can in our societies, so to not add up to the existing ones.

Thanks
Lisbeth

Sarah Dan-Legogie
Oct 19, 2018
Oct 19, 2018

Dear Kriss, the real fight is truly in the mind and needs to be won?people need to heal from all their insecurities and hurts and the consistent state of mind that they are vulnerable. And now you have open the eye of society to see that beyond their physical efforts to enhance security, there is the metaphysical which is a prime factor to what actually happens in the physical. I pray that your work will pass the message and receive the attention it deserves and that something would come out of it. You are on the right track.

Kris Rampersad
Nov 10, 2018
Nov 10, 2018

Hey tnxs much for the feedback and encouragement. Yes the issues are much deeper than we often look at cheers

Rosylyne Nabaala
Oct 20, 2018
Oct 20, 2018

Thank you for sharing this with us and may God bless you.

Ngala Nadege
Oct 20, 2018
Oct 20, 2018

Hello
Wow, I believe we all have a part to play in bringing changes in the world and it doesn't matter whether u are a woman or a man.
Thanks for sharing I will read this article fully .

Erena Bayessa
Oct 20, 2018
Oct 20, 2018

Thank you so much for the wonderful post informing the process of peace building. In the absence of peace feel insecurity, fear and instability wherever we live in any corner of our globe. On top of that, this post is very relevant as most of the communities and communities’ members- women, children, elderly and men in existing world are all suffering from lack of peace. I sure this post is so important for all of sectors, stakeholders, institutions , government or individuals involved in contributing to the process of peace building in any part of our world. I liked most that all concerned bodies are suggested to start from the root cause when executing the process of peace building. Thank you again!
With appreciation and gratitude!
Erena

Kris Rampersad
Nov 10, 2018
Nov 10, 2018

Hey tnxs much for the feedback and encouragement. Yes the issues are much deeper than we often look at cheers

Ngwa Damaris
Oct 20, 2018
Oct 20, 2018

It’s true that we must not focus on mk yon the guns and putting off flames. Thanks for sharing:)I will be checking out ur blog from time to time

Kris Rampersad
Nov 10, 2018
Nov 10, 2018

That's great. Hey tnxs much for the feedback and encouragement cheers

Beth Lacey
Oct 21, 2018
Oct 21, 2018

I appreciated reading your article. Thanks
Beth

Kris Rampersad
Nov 10, 2018
Nov 10, 2018

Hey tnxs much for the feedback and encouragement cheers

Jacqueline Namutaawe
Oct 22, 2018
Oct 22, 2018

Hello Kris thanks for sharing your article on peace.

Jane Frances Mufua
Oct 23, 2018
Oct 23, 2018

Hello Kris,

When you believe in what you are doing you overcome fear. I can only imagine. Thanks for sharing.

Kris Rampersad
Nov 10, 2018
Nov 10, 2018

Hey tnxs much for the feedback and encouragement cheers

ARREY- ECHI
Oct 24, 2018
Oct 24, 2018

Hi kris,
Thank you for sharing your post on peace and security.
I liked the part you highlighted that people are focused on the physical and not the inner thought process. It is true, to go far in any peace building, getting to the root and helping people understand underneath the different colours, we all belong to just one race- the human family- would go a long way to fight this.
All the best with your submission.

Kris Rampersad
Nov 10, 2018
Nov 10, 2018

Hey tnxs much for the feedback and encouragement cheers

Adanna
Oct 24, 2018
Oct 24, 2018

Nice one Kris!

Thank you for sharing, I enjoyed reading your article.

Love,
Adanna

Kris Rampersad
Nov 10, 2018
Nov 10, 2018

Hey tnxs much for the feedback and encouragement cheers

Bim Adegbite
Dec 14, 2018
Dec 14, 2018

Thanks for sharing. Indeed things are often not as they seem. Thought provoking.