The art of living together

Living together in peace is all about accepting differences and having the ability to listen to, recognize, respect and appreciate others. This day reminds us to live together, united in differences and diversity and build a sustainable world of peace, solidarity and harmony.

The International Day of Living Together in Peace is a rather recent invention, since it was officially recognized at UN in 2017, but that doesn’t make it less important. All through history people have set aside their own safety and comfort to fight for other people.

Long walk to freedom

Nelson Mandela spent over a third of his life in prison for his fight against apartheid in South Africa. It was a long journey from his childhood into the beloved president many remembers him for. While studying law from the mid 40’s he met European, Jewish and Indian students and he began his activist work for free and independent black Africans.

Even during his imprisonment, he fought for better conditions for people around him. He distanced himself from blacks who wanted a white apartheid, since he wanted people to be able to accept and live alongside each other.

Having dreams

Around the same time Martin Luther King was fighting for civil rights and protesting the segregation in the United States. He too wanted non-violent resistance and civil disobedience. His fight ended by his assassination in 1968, but people never gave up the fight. Though discrimination was eliminated by law the desegregation was a slow process and still today the inequality is showing.

Mother Teresa from Macedonia is known for her work in the Calcutta slums. Caring for people who were not of her race, religion or nationality, Mother Teresa transcended all barriers.

If history teaches us anything it should be that the fight for equality and peace is never futile. It should be cherished and kept alive in non-violence and acceptance.

This day should remind us not just to take care of our own, but to actually take care of each other.



Lindersvold is an international learning center that facilitates courses in community development and certification in non-traditional pedagogy. Our Center provides an opportunity to learn about the big issues of our time while preparing to assist community-driven projects in Zambia, Malawi or Mozambique. We believe in combining hands-on training with theoretical knowledge, alongside community living, gives students the best foundation for working with sustainable development and vulnerable youth.

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