Peaceful countries mean prosperous countries – a better quality of life and more opportunity to learn, grow, and love. Peace enhances prosperity because it allow for commerce to take place without having fears about one’s security and environment. Peace is good for everyone, in every class, of every creed and origin.
The creation of the Global Peace Index, by Steve Killelea, “measures 144 nations based on 23 indicators of the existence or absence of peace both within and outside a country’s borders”(Deprez, 2010). These indicators “use quantitative and qualitative data from the World Bank, various U.N. offices and Peace Institutes, and the Economist Intelligence Unit and are divided into three categories: five measures of ongoing domestic and international conflict, 10 measures of safety and security in society, and eight measures of militarization” (Deprez).
Who is on the top of the list? New Zealand, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Austria, Sweden, Japan, Canada, Finland, and Slovenia to name the top ten. The gross domestic product (GDP) per capita ranges from $20K to above $100K, the unemployment rates are generally very low, and the mean years of education hovers in the 15-year to 17-year range.
Where does the United States rank? In 2009, at 83rd place. High incarceration rates, high homicide rates, and military operations overseas contribute to its ranking. What can we learn from this? It would be wise to work on peace and prosperity because it is key to citizens and consumers having the quality of life that makes a country, its economy, and its place in the world – beautiful. And isn’t that the whole point?
Good business means good business practices and creating, enhancing, and promoting a peaceful environment is the key to this. It can happen at the individual, family, business, organizational, and governmental level. We each make our choices how we think and how we work with others – this happens between companies and between countries. If we are in business to make money (and I believe in my heart that THAT is why millions of immigrants have come to the United States since its inception – because it is the land of the FREE where we can dream and make great/prosperous things happen) – then we need to be pro-peace. Let’s stop the violence that can tear down our households, communities, and country.