Perpetual Placidity and Peace-Mindedness

Our political world is always at risk of sliding into a bad situation. In that situation, whenever malicious and despicable considerations of attacking others, and where feelings of excessive pride would take precendence over a level of self-respect and defence of integrity, which, notably, some have actually been lacking, for reasons while understandable, yet unacceptable, we as individuals or as groups, must task ourselves with trying to shake off the past of human history and with starting anew in a civilised and peace-loving way while not losing ourselves in the most dispicable abomination: terrorist violence.

We as faithful legalists must continually task ourselves with thinking things through in an an ethically-grounded, fresh-and situationally-unbiased, slow and gradual, always peaceful manner, however difficult this might be, from a position of strength or a position of weakness, within the set frames of clear, more than less transparent and within democratic rules. Founded upon as little violence as ever possible as well as the absence of any war wherever and whenever possible, now and in future. This must go for the Abrahamic religions: Jewish, Christian, Muslim, as it must go for the West and for the East.

To us, a key date is each year’s widely celebrated German unification which had marked the beginning of a social process, when feelings and thoughts of mutual understanding (from either side), began to grow again, carried until today by both female and male citizens, in a spirit of relative equality between the German member states. The process has not ended, and it might take long to complete it, but to respect broad demarcations, never to be crossed, and imposed restraint by elements of the un-common and the un-selfrespecting elements of the outside world. It has been, for some families, a difficult process, and the absence of illegal force within German society ought to have had to prove itself to be most beneficial, not as an actual means but, ideally, as a core tenet of policy, to be executed only by those who are legally empowered in this way: in a way which is marked by the absence of force and the protection of the integrity of the peace-minded individual.

This is an example of the challenges which can be met by Perpetual Placidity (PP), i.e. the constant stride towards a peaceful society. PP can come about via self-respect, respect for the individual per se, incentives for those respecting the legal principles of non-violence and legal punishment of those who are violent.