“Le Pays de la Paix”

According to Google translate, the title means "the land of peace" in French. However, if anyone is an avid French speaker, do not hesitate to correct me!
This is my entry to the President for a Day competition. I may add points later on and these quotes are a few of my favourites (although I have many.) This is my first movella in a while but I hope to change that over the coming weeks!
For the cover on the side, "In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.”

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1. First Step - Peace, War and Voice

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." – Barack Obama.

Unlike past presidents, I would permit children and young adults to have more of a say in the making of country-changing decisions. Too many times have the voices of the next generation been carelessly overlooked without a second glance, a sneer about our competence at the most. This myth that we are naïve and ignorant has gone on for far too long, in fact, our innocent minds, our longing for peace and rational way of thinking may be the direction that we need to take in order for us to succeed and rectify past mistakes.

"Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them." – Bruce Lee.

To gain the world we all secretly strive for, we need to work together. The world we want to live in and the lives we want to live are achievable and nearly in our grasp, but just being concerned about the state our planet is in is not enough. You want it; work for it.

The world is a dangerous place. Not because of the people who are evil; but because of the people who don't do anything about it." – Albert Einstein.

I don’t know about you but I want a world where we don’t fear what’s hidden in the night. Yet we don’t cower from the darkness itself, but from the unknown lurking in the shadows.

I wish to live in a world where war does not exist and remains a nightmare forgotten. Sending people whose opinions do not reflect their government’s choice or do not have a say in the political dispute to their death is not acceptable. Having innocent lives wasted at the hands of another in cold blood, for the sake of a petty controversy is sickening. No-one should be allowed to break one of the Ten Commandments, and no-one should encourage this act.

Besides, what is the result of war? Does everyone live in peace? Do the invisible scars of previous soldiers fade? No. Those who go to war return (if at all) scarred mentally, after witnessing others perish while thinking they are fighting for their country, when actually they are fighting to keep the corrupted opinions of men behind desks from embarrassment at being incorrect. Some might even have blood on their hands and no matter how many times they wash them, the blood will always remain and be a constant reminder until they die. Although those who perish are respected, all they get is one day a year and a poppy – those poppies should not have been able to grow in the first place.

“War does not determine who is right - only who is left." - Bertrand Russell.

I do not mind people being wrong; that’s how lessons are learnt. But not having the audacity to plead guilty to your mistake is our largest wrong doing. Those who can stand on the sidelines while others pay for their errors without feeling a pang of remorse do not deserve to have power at their disposal or fingertips.

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” – Jimi Hendrix.

If I was president, wars would not be a part of our reality; just a blank space in our history, wiped clean to start anew. Other countries may continue to see battle as a way of proving their point, power or as proof of their resilience against those who do not believe in the same things, yet I would never order man to war. As this demand would never pass my lips, never be shaped by my tongue or released from my throat we would be known as “le pays de la paix” – the land of peace. For me, having blood water our plants is not the way to enforce rules.

These declarations are what I would put into motion. I may be thirteen but give me the document and I will sign above the dotted line.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."– Helen Keller.

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