What is the world coming to?

Flags of different world nations

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There is nothing better than nations coming together for mutual good and prosperity. When each country reaches out in friendship and is welcomed in friendship, when bonds are made despite differences and when states, no longer distinguished, are seen as a group working for the good of the whole, it will be a true international comity.

Peaceful resolution despite disputes

From a legal point of view, it is the principle that one jurisdiction will extend certain courtesies to other nations (or other jurisdictions within the same nation), particularly by recognizing the validity and effect of their executive, legislative and judicial acts. But beyond this is the greater sense of community that binds in peace and peaceful resolution of disputes. It is the fulcrum of understanding wherein each one accepts the other, setting aside distinctions for the good of humanity.

We have learned that when countries retreat from each other and isolate themselves, it sows fear, misunderstanding and hate. It breeds war and hostility. As it clouds judgment, nations fail to see that we are of one race, one community that share more in common than we have in differences. It is always a notable step to building a world that is far better than the one we have, not only for us, but for our children and our children’s children.

Effort for the sake of peace

In Canada, Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon established greater ties with the nations in the ASEAN, but this is not a new effort. It is merely a renewal and rediscovery of the fact that nations — all nations — are bound in common interest and concern. We share the same planet as a home and are plagued by the same ills and adversities.

This sets the stage for greater things, such as partnerships, in the pursuit of noble goals that would bear great fruit, not just for those involved (with Canada and the ASEAN), but indirectly the whole family of nations, as well. This also serves as a model and inspiration for other nations to set aside war, hostility, contempt and indifference so that they, too, may engage each other in friendship and prosperity.

Unity needed to resolve issues of humanity

The ills of mankind are rooted in the very thing that creates gaps and gulfs between nations. And to deal with them is as simple as to recognize and act on the fact that unity of all nations is essential in resolving the issues of humanity. Robert Kennedy once said:

“We must admit the vanity of our false distinctions among men and learn to find our own advancement in the search for the advancement of others. We must admit in ourselves that our own children’s future cannot be built on the misfortunes of others. We must recognize that this short life can neither be ennobled nor enriched by hatred or revenge.”

Partnership breeds friendship, friendship sows mutual respect which, in turn, bears the fruit of peace in our time and indefinitely.

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