Nobel Peace Prize Mission Objectives and Criteria

The Nobel Peace Prize has been called “the world’s most prestigious prize“. Alfred Nobel, peace advocate and inventor of dynamite, left the money for the first five Nobel awards in his will. According to Nobel’s will, the Peace Prize shall be awarded to the person who in the preceding year “shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses“. As of 2016, the Peace Prize has been awarded to 104 individuals and 23 organizations.  Over time, many individuals have become known as “Nobel Peace Prize Nominees”, but this designation has no official standing.

Who can get Nobel Peace Prize?

Anyone, who has major contribution for peace in the world can get the Nobel Peace Prize.

The prize favors people who seek to advance humanity. Mother Teresa obtained her peace prize in 1979 for tirelessly working to help children and refugees. However, Mahatma Gandhi missed the prize. Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Barack Obama, Malala Yousafza and Aung San Suu Kyi are the well known figures of Nobel Peace Prize.

Criteria for Nobel Peace Prize

Mostly, American President and the life-threatened religious figures are the winners of the Nobel peace prize for their work. However, occasionally people who create paradigm shifts, or major shifts in thinking for peace, can also receive a Nobel Peace Prize for their work.

Who Can Nominate for Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel committee allowed  limited people to submit nominations  for the prize. The members of national assemblies and governments, members of international courts, university chancellors, university professors of certain subjects, directors of peace research institutes and foreign policy institutes, previous winners of the Nobel peace prize and members of or advisers to the Norwegian Nobel committee are eligible to nominate for the prize.

Timing for Nobel Peace Prize

The deadline for nominating a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize is February 1. The Nobel Committee typically comes to a conclusion in mid-September, but occasionally the final decision has not been made until the last meeting before the official announcement at the beginning of October. Alfred Nobel died on the December 10, 1895, and the Peace Prize is presented on December 10.

Mission & Objectives of Nobel Peace Prize

  1. To promote brotherhood between all people in the world.
  2. To promote economic development, enhancement of social progress and better standards of life.
  3. To promote tolerance, understanding, solidarity and co-operation among men, women and children throughout the world without distinction as to race, sex, language, religion or political orientation.
  4. To contribute to the removal of obstacles to peace, to work for justice, security and disarmament, and to promote the development of peaceful co-existence and co-operation among countries of the world.

Inspirational Words for World Peace

“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending. ” — Thich Nhat Hanh

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
— Mother Teresa

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” — Albert Einstein

“Peace is the music of every soul. Our glory lies in understanding, listening and honoring that music.” – Amit Ray

Securing your nomination for the next year:

The best things about the Nobel peace prize is that it can be won by organizations as well as individuals. You can work as individual or with organization. Prize is due in February, so it is not too late to start thinking about securing your nomination for the next year. How you communicate with the public matters, too.

If you don’t get the prize don’t worry, your effort will not be in vein. Someday, somewhere you will be awarded, if you work with true spirit. If you are passionate about making a difference in the world, focus your energy on your dream to make a peaceful world.

Inspirations for International Peace Day

Still I have deep faith in humanity and I know peace is possible. The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes from the souls of people. Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding. Peace is a long journey every one of us must take steps to achieve that. We are made of different colors and we have different cultures. We are all different! We need to learn to accept and love differences in the world.

International Day of Peace is observed on September 21st each year. On this day, the UN urges all hostilities to stop and embrace every one with love. Sometimes unofficially this day is called as World Peace Day. The day was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly and in 2001, the General Assembly voted to designate the day as a period of non-violence and ceasefire.

To mark the day, here is 16 famous quotes with images about peace.

1. “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” — Mahatma Gandhi

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2. “Only the brave men and women can bring peace to the world, not by practicing war but by practicing nonviolence.” — Amit Ray

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3. World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion. — Dalai Lama

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4. We are not on a journey to become the same or to be the same. But we are on a journey to see that in all of our differences, that is what makes us beautiful as a human race. — C. JoyBell C.

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5. “The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.” — Marianne Williamson

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6. “The light of compassion opens the petals of the heart. When the petals of the heart unfold fragrance spreads across the valley.” — Amit Ray

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7. “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” — Albert Einstein

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8. “Mankind must put an end to war – or war will put an end to mankind.” — John F. Kennedy

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9. “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” — Nelson Mandela

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10. “If you want peace, stop fighting. If you want peace of mind, stop fighting with your thoughts.”  — Peter McWilliams

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11. “If you judge people you have no time to love them.” — Mother Teresa

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12. “If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nations. When there is order in the nations, there will peace in the world.” — Confucius

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13. “It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”  – Eleanor Roosevelt

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14. ‘If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. — Mother Teresa

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15. “If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

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16. “Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.” — Gautama Buddha

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Purpose Of Life: Living A Meaningful Life

Here I tried to gather top eight views of the ancient and modern thinkers about the purpose of life. I explored the purpose of life from different point of views.  What is the purpose of life? Why are we here?  There is short term purpose as well as long term purpose of life. Our purpose does not at all have to be something great or something BIG. My career and vocation is directly tied to my purpose, though the way we make our living does not necessarily have to have anything to do with why you are here.  The value of our impact on others and on the world has nothing to do with its scale.

Aristotle argues that everything has a purpose or goal, and that the purpose is always to attain some good. In Book Ethics, he considers perhaps the most vexing question that humanity confronts: What is the purpose of life? Finding and clarifying the life purpose and core life intentions can help us to move with greater focus and clarity every day of your life.  Aristotle argued that as we mature, we act less aimlessly and more purposefully. We try to develop a plan for living that unites all our various purposes. Without a plan for living, we do not know what we are trying to do or why.

aristotle31“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence” – Aristotle

DL1“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” – Dalai Lama

Amit Ray“It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters,” – Amit Ray

ALE“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.” – Albert Einstein

rkennedy“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.” – Robert F. Kennedy

ER1“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Gandhi“The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly. The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Plato and Aristotle in The School of Athens fresco, by Raphael. Plato is pointing heavenwards to the sky, and Aristotle is gesturing to the world. Plato and Aristotle in The School of Athens fresco, by Raphael. Plato is pointing heavenwards to the sky, and Aristotle is gesturing to the world.

In Platonism, the meaning of life is in attaining the highest form of knowledge, which is the Idea of the Good, from which all good and just things derive utility and value. 

Give yourself time to explore the purpose of life and notice what touches and inspires you most deeply. Write down any answers or thoughts that come to you as you ponder these questions.

Top Ten Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something,it makes me incapable of doing it. When I believe I can,I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn’t have it in the beginning.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“If you want something really important to be done you must not merely satisfy the reason, you must move the heart also.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn. ” ~ Mahatma Gandhi