Issue II: Generations in Dialogue
II-04 | Intergenerational Dialogue on Peace and Security
Moderation by Ana Clara Giovani
Intergenerational Dialogue on Peace and Security
“How do you feel about the future? What do you see ahead of us? Are you confident or are you doubtful?”, moderator Ana Clara Giovani asks the two guests of our Intergenerational Dialogue on Peace and Security right in the beginning. Hear, what World Council Member Claudio Epelman and former member of Youth Committee Marcelo Leites, both from Argentina, have to say.
Esteemed Claudio Epelman has a surprising first thought to share with us: “Before answering, I would like to say that I am a little bit nostalgic. Because I remember when there was an intergenerational dialogue when I was the young one. But this was a couple of years ago. But now it’s the turn for Marcelo to be in this position. So, Marcelo, enjoy it. Because the time is running.”
Hope and pessimism
Claudio Epelman then emphasizes on “hope”, when looking into the future. “This is the keyword here.” We can’t decide on the challenges we have to face. But we can deal with them all together, as long as we don’t lose our hope.
Marcelo Leites explains that there are reasons to be pessimistic. When the pandemic came, everyone was talking about the “new normal” and that nothing would be the same as before. But Leites points out, that in reality, nothing has changed at all. All the problems that have been there before, are still there – like the climate change. But even if there are reasons to be doubtful, one has to stay optimistic to be able to tackle all the problems that need to be solved.
„To allow the new generation, the younger generation, to be part of the decisions not only of tomorrow but also the decisions that are required today. This is, I think, the first step.”
In the dialogues of 45 minutes, moderator Ana Clara Giovani also asked the two guests, how they think one can stop that conflicts are being passed on from generation to generation. How can they be resolved between generations? You will learn, why Marcelo Leites suggests justice as the main solution. Problems, he argues, don’t go away just because one generation goes away.
Claudio Epelman thinks that this will only work, if young and old generations work together. To solve problems, one does not need wisdom alone, that experienced generations have. And on the other side, considering young generations, energy is also not enough to solve problems. It is the combination of the two that lead to solutions, and Claudio Epelman recommends generations to work together.
If you wish to learn, what the two guest have answered to the following question: “How can religious leaders be of help so that the younger generations don’t have to fight the same battle as the old generations?” please take the time, to have a look at the video talk and listen to the inspiring ideas our two guests have.