“Give love, not hate…it’s so easy plus it’s free.” This was a message written on the wall by a visitor to the Nobel Peace Center.
Did you know that Norway is responsible for choosing the Nobel Peace Prize winner? Neither did I until we visited the Nobel Peace Center here in the beautiful capital of Oslo. The recipient of the prize is selected by the Norwegian Model Committee, a 5 member group appointed by the Parliament of Norway.
Inside the Peace Center are various exhibits and information of the past winners, and stories of how they helped change the world. They have everyone from Mother Teresa to Al Gore. It is so interesting to walk through the center and realize how our lives would be different if these people did not exist.
I was especially excited to see this destination because of the 2012 winner, Malala Yousafzai. Malala is the youngest recipient of The Nobel Peace Prize being only 16 at the time. She was shot in the head by the Taliban for speaking up about the right for a girl to recieve an education. Mount Mary actually has a speaking event scheduled later this month (March 28th) to have Malala’s friend and organization founder, Shiza Shahid give a speech to all of us. She is the co-founder of the Malala Fund, and I cannot wait to meet her, and hear her incredible story.
Throughout the building, there are messages of peace, love, and tolerance. The gift shop features items that help support non-profit organizations, like handmade jewelry or you can buy things that help support great causes.
It was so amazing to see messages of hope written in different languages. It made me get a more hopeful view of the future, and it is a good reminder of how anyone can help the world by loving others.
I’ve noticed so far that the people here in Norway are very friendly, and I wonder if having the Peace Center in their home country effects their outlook on life.
We only have one more day left in Oslo, so hopefully we get to see the best parts of Norway, and to explore this new exciting culture.