Coming To An End

Today was our final day of class and I can’t believe it.  These past five weeks have gone by so fast, its incredible.  The documentary is coming along great and after a couple more sessions of editing with Peter and Tim, it should be ready for viewing!

However, as this journey comes to an end, I have to ask myself the same questions that we asked the many people we came in contact with while we were in Uganda.  What is peace?  What is Justice?  What is forgiveness?

These questions are very hard for me to answer because the possible answers are endless.  I have the utmost respect for the people in Uganda who came up with answers to these questions because they are very difficult questions to ask someone in any circumstance.  

Peace to me would have to be a place where there is no violence at all.  There would be complete tranquility all around and everyone would get along in unity.  I also think that peace means people are not only getting along with others around them but they are also in complete sync and harmony with themselves.  I feel that in order for there to be peace in the world, it has to start with everyone finding that harmony in their own lives first.  I also think that peace is a state that people are in when they are free of worries and feel that everyone and everything around them is in perfect sync.  

When I think of justice I think of the Golden Rule: do one to others as you want done to you.  I feel that justice is exactly that.  In order for you to get respect and acceptance from others, you need to show it as well.  I also feel that in order for there to be justice, everyone needs to be unbiased in their decisions.  People need to be able to hear all sides of the story in order for them to bring justice to the situation.  Without unbiasedness, there cannot be justice in a society.  

After hearing the people of Uganda talk about forgiveness, I feel that forgiveness is when someone does not hold a grudge against another person even though what they have done could have been very horrible.  I also feel that forgiveness is when people take what has happened and put it behind them and look forward to the future and hope that in the end everything will work out for the better.  Forgiveness is something that takes a lot of effort to show and I know for a fact that I would not be able to forgive Joseph Kony if he did those horrible things to my family, therefore I respect the people of Uganda so much because they have shown forgiveness towards everything that has happened to them throughout the years.  Because of them, I know that I too can forgive, no matter how big or small the situation is.   


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