#betterfuturecontest- Unification of a world community

Names: Yashleen Waraich

School: Guru Nanak Dev University

Country: India

Graduate Student : Bachelor of Architecture

ESSAY TOPIC: What would you like to see happen during this century to make the world a better place?


Over the years, we have seen the evolution of man and civilisations. This process has been a gradual shift towards the modernity and development. But at the same time, this development has also been accompanied with inequalities and dissatisfaction, further leading to the disruption of a peaceful environment. In the modern world, wars, terror activities and lack of human unification seems to have go the better of us. In the wake of the current world situation, the establishment of peace by overcoming the linguistic and religious barriers would be the need of the century to make this world a better place to live in. In the recent past, several incidents, especially in the Arab world have drawn global attention towards the tumultuous unrest that was caused in these countries. It included a series of protests, demonstration and civil wars, that not only created a unhealthy situation in these countries, but also sparked violent clashes in the surrounding regions. Not to mention, the geopolitical and economic impact it had on the other countries. We often visualise a future where peace and tranquillity prevails not just for us, but also for our future generations. But the question to be asked is “is this utopian world of a better tomorrow ever possible with human differences that exist presently?” The answer is obviously a disheartening ‘no’.

In my opinion, man has created a grave situation for himself by his own philosophy and ideology of self-crafted superiority and inferiority. When we look at ourselves as people of different castes and creed, belonging to different continents, different countries and possessing varying ethnicities, we fail to realise the importance of ‘us’ as a ‘world community’. The recognition of the human race amongst ourselves as a united race and a unified world, overlooking the differences between us is the one essential ingredient of a better future. And to top it all, this harmony is not just the need of the countries with on-going crisis and wars, but it is also the requirement of the world community as  a whole. Terror activities disturb every part of the world and the impact is not local, it is universal and global. And to add to the misery, they have wide-reaching and long term impacts that only destroy the present but also reduce the chances of future development.  Just to quote an example, the unrest during the Arab Spring in 2011, began from Tunisia, and gradually spread to the other nations including Jordan, Algeria, Egypt, Yemen, etc. It started with dissatisfaction among the people from the authoritative regimes, corruption, high unemployment, etc. People took out to the streets and demanded a change in the society. Demonstrations, protests, violent clashes became a common sight in these areas. It took the ugliest form of riots and strikes and consequent loss of human life and property. The impact was global. It hit the domestic economy as well as the international market. It led to disruption of normal life. Various foreign institutions had to intervene to establish peace. It definitely did result in some reforms. But that is only a temporary solution.  What the world needs right now is integration, and the establishment of equality. This equality is not just limited to ethnic and religious aspect, but also extends to the concept of democracy and collective rule and activism. It also involves the economic equality and stabilisation in all parts of the world. There is a dire need to break the cliché of human relationships amongst the world citizens. This is possible only if we work with a comprehensive approach involving all regions to contribute towards a harmonious society, instead of amassing territories and claiming power.

We cannot overlook the practical and undeniable facts of economic dependency and cultural relationships between the countries. But the establishment of greater economic redistribution with the world agencies like world bank (WB) and international monetary fund (IMF) and other agencies of regional cooperation like G20 , SAARC etc, who can work towards resolving their disputes and providing a platform for all nations to voice their needs for the attainment of peaceful and progressive societies is very important in my view. What we have witnessed in the historical past and in the current situation is that the divide between the human race and the superiority of some and denial of certain rightful demands has been the root cause of unrest. In my opinion, a utopian better world is a long term goal where the majority regions of the planet are free from the challenges of terror activities and there is uprootment of social inequalities. The provision of basic necessities, universal education programmes and elimination of poverty, thus, have a essential role to play. The future of our world is dependent on the type of citizens we nurture and develop. Well educated and string citizens are important because that is what constitutes the world community. A learned generation will be an asset for tomorrow. It is vital for us to come together, dropping our regional divides, and harnessing the present resources for a better tomorrow. The activities of terrorism and unrest have sparked an inbuilt fear in the world, where the demands of one are negotiated through violent activities and mass killings. If this fight within the human race continues, the possibility of a better tomorrow becomes grim. We have come into the world as members of the same race, we have evolved a world with its modernity, but at the same time, we have to question ourselves whether the present world is the inheritance that we would like to give to our future generation. The need of the hour is to treat each man as one. The differences in culture, creed, and ethnicity have to be set aside for the dawn of better tomorrow. This has to be merged with the wholesome development in terms of economic stability, equality of opportunity, democratic reforms, and peace programmes for all nations to work towards the attainment of peace and prosperity. Thus to make this world a better place in this century, a social transformation in the world perspective is the need of the hour.

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