How do you define peace? The meaning of peace is a broad spectrum, taking a multitude of forms to each individual. However, Rigoberta Menchú Tum’s version of peace can be applied universally – particularly, to the millennial.
Menchú won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 for defending the rights of indigenous people in her home country Guatemala, as well as other areas of Central America.
This week, Menchú collaborated with 12 other Nobel laureates, including the Dalai Lama, to recognize the 1 billion acts of peace campaign. The campaign aims to inspire one billion acts of peace by 2019.
Menchú emphasized to Elite Daily that peace is much more than a counterpart to war:
"It's very important to avoid seeing peace as something that always has to come with war attached to it.
In my youth I associated peace with all of the terrible things happening around me: violence, persecution, war, and so much fear. It was all about life or death.
If I could give my younger self a piece of advice, it would be to view peace as something that can also stem from creativity and thinking positively, not necessarily as something that simply counters violence."
Menchú elaborated further on how to achieve peace on a more micro level:
"There are many techniques and methods to try and live in harmony, and there are so many causes to support.
…We haven’t given enough space for happiness and joy and we need to work to spread it more… Something as simple as young people playing sports, it’s a peaceful way to interact."