Roland Dürre
Tuesday February 28th, 2017

Prejudices, Aversions and Resentment will not bring PEACE.

The Way to PEACE Starts Inside Myself.

Last year, I spent a few days in the philosophic seminar with my friend Klaus-Jürgen Grün. Each time, I learned many new things. One of the topics of our philosophic research was resentment.

Staying with Klaus makes me thoughtful, staying at certain places encourages me to reflect.

Consequently, I started thinking about my own resentments. For me, aversions, resentments and prejudices are the little sisters of hatred. I want to find where they are inside me in order to prevent them from growing further and from taking possession of me.

Like hatred, they are a paradox. They, too, are directed against the “others”, but mostly damage the person who has them inside. Like fear, they happen between the ears and will make you aggressive and unhappy.
And that is certainly something that is not necessary. I do not wish to harm myself because I am prejudiced against others. After all, it is not logical, is it?

So I try to become aware of my aversions and resentments and ask questions about them. I know that they are based on prejudices, i.e., on totally irrational assumptions. And that they can cause terrible judgement in advance.
Basically, this is all about how everything goes without saying in my life. I find a new prejudice inside myself every day. They all cause negative communication and unfair treatment.

What is worse: I noticed that the very characteristics I hate most about myself are those I dislike in others. That is when I think I should first look for my own mistakes and, where possible, correct them. And after that, the world will already look totally different.

Consequently, it is a lot more constructive for me to start on the way towards PEACE inside myself. This is how I will become stronger, instead of pushing myself down because I get annoyed about others. Because it is as useless as a canker, gains me nothing and will harm nobody but myself.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Monday February 27th, 2017

A Manifesto for PEACE!

It is always rewarding to tune in to Bayern2. This time, it was the “Culture Journal” that found my heart.

Ingeborg Bachmann: Graffito by Jef Aérosol at the Klagenfurt Musilhaus

Yesterday’s program had literature and poetry after the war as its topic. The last interview was with the publicist Peter Hamm. It made a huge impression on me. You can listen to the entire program as a podcast  (Kulturjournal of February, 26th,  2017).

Peter Hamm related in a very intense way how, early in the 1950s, he suffered because of the re-armament. To put it bluntly, he said that “the re-armament meant the end of his relation with the new nation”. At the time, he had read works by authors such as Ingeborg Bachmann and Nelly Sachss. And that is how they found the “manifesto of his generation”, the poem “Alle Tage” by Ingeborg Bachmann.

And that was when my brains said “click”. Because this poem was also the manifesto of our youth. It is a cry for help by Ingeborg Bachmann that is more modern than ever before!

 

 

Each Day
War is no longer declared,
it just continues. The unspeakable
has become normal.The hero
remains aloof from the fights. The weak ones
are now under fire.
Patience is the uniform of the day,
your decoration is a pitiful star
of hope above the heart.

It will come in last
if nothing more happens,
after the barrage has ended,
when the enemy has become invisible
and the shadow of never-ending armament
spreads to the horizon.

It will be awarded
for fleeing and deserting,
for bravery before your friend,
for treason through telling unworthy secrets
and for not following

any orders.

Ingeborg Bachmann

(1952)

 

When I read it, my only emotion was sadness. And especially the last six lines say exactly what I crave!    
It would make me truly happy if “Alle Tage“ were also to become the manifesto of the young generation!

RMD
(Translated by Evelyn)

P.S.
On this lyrikline page, you will also find an audio version of “Alle Tage”.
I took the image and signature of Ingeborg Bachmann from the German Wikipedia page.

For more information on the poem, see:
© Piper Verlag GmbH, München 1978
Aus: Die gestundete Zeit. 1953.
Heute in: Werke Band 1
München: Piper, 1978
ISBN: 3-492-11700-7
The audio production lyrikline is by the Norddeutscher Rundfunk (1952). It, too, impressed me very much.

Roland Dürre
Monday January 9th, 2017

PEACE

PEACE must not become a religion, because then we will quickly become un-peaceful.

That is also the reason why there must be no project PEACE.

Seems to be a powerful symbol für peace. May be to powerful.

As you all know, I was going to start a project PEACE. Well, more than ever, I am in favour of PEACE. But no longer as a project.

In the last few months, I have had many dialogues with wise and peaceful persons. Like me, they are convinced that peace is the most precious commodity for us humans. And I learned a lot from them and thought a lot about what I can do for PEACE.

Here is what the current state of affairs regarding my ideas is:

I no longer believe that peace can be brought about by organizations and projects.

A short time ago, a strong lady came to me and said:

“Roland, I am now retired, I have lots of time and I would like to support you in your project PEACE”.

I had to tell her that, according to my understanding of PEACE, there cannot be a successful PEACE project:

The only possible project is to live for PEACE yourself.

Very individually and initially only in private. So I asked her to start her own “project” and simply live for (and work towards) her own und all our PEACE. Consequently, I believe there have to be many small peace projects. Everyone first and foremost works on them for himself or herself and individually.

And that you have to deliberately refrain from coordination and mutual agreements. That would be dangerous and quickly cause manipulation and ideology. And it would probably do more harm than good.

So it is my idea that we all should not organize anything. Instead, we should open our sensors wide and be considerate and free – perhaps as a swarm with others who want PEACE. That sounds religious. I do not like religious patterns.

But perhaps PEACE can work if peaceful persons live their beliefs exclusively for themselves and if the convictions they have are based on their own ethically responsible judgement and on the values of humanity (such as the Golden Rule, the Biophilie principle, human dignity being unalienable  …).

I think even “peace-loving” people must NOT actively try to convince others towards being PEACEFUL or act as missionaries. All humans have to come to their own conclusion about PEACE being the requirement for everything else. Otherwise it will not work.

And, above all, nobody should be willing and able to sacrifice themselves for what they believe and thus become martyrs! Because this is not how PEACE can work. Consequently, no organization and no project for PEACE can be a success and actually bring PEACE. In fact, perhaps even the symbol for PEACE I chose and inserted at the beginning of this article is questionable and might be criticized.

It is not easy for me to formulate my complex ideas. If I succeeded in making a little clearer what moves me, then that will make me happy.
And I will continue to strive towards my own PEACE..
RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
Perhaps this is a process – can we call it evolution?

Roland Dürre
Sunday October 9th, 2016

Reply to Sigi’s Letter for PEACE

All he said is true!

A short time ago, I was permitted to publish Sigi’s article on PEACE in my IF Blog. Here is my reply:

Beide Fotos sind von der Enthüllung eines Denkmals (Erinnerung an 1.Weltkrieg, Schlacht in den Vogesen).

The picture shows a memorial at Altmannkopf in commemoration of the battle in the Vosges during WW-1.

Dear Sigi,

your introduction of the Hohenlinden 2000, along with your support of said club made a huge impression on me. I believe this is one way how it can actually be done!

Being an absolutely capitalist manager who certainly dealt with terms like achievement and meritocracy, profit and loss and – above all – efficiency, in fact, even having once in a while come to terms with “measurability”, I might now feel inclined to ask the “killer question”:

And what is the benefit of what you are doing? Will it prevent one single person from dying in a war or through some other arbitrary destruction, for instance like this morning on the streets near Kempten?

But this is absolutely the wrong question. That is another thing I learned during the past few weeks that were so very valuable for me. Just like I also learned that PEACE is actually not something you can measure and that it cannot be achieved by operative, strategic and normative thinking, aka “management”.

Incidentally, I also kissed the very human and very understandable foolish path of the successful manager and management good-bye outside my PEACE activities, because, as I see it, it will always only render sub-optimal results.

In my mental concept, the “Project PEACE” has been replaced by “ACTIVE for PEACE”. Based on a shared understanding of PEACE, everybody does exactly what he or she considers right and important. This is how everybody will become a peace protagonist. And those who believe what one or several protagonists do will help or support them as best they can. This might be one path in the direction of a “Swarm for PEACE”.

Keeping in mind, however, how much has been achieved during the past few months and how much I learned about PEACE during that time, I am sure that there will be even more clarity for all of us very soon and that we will come up with ever better ideas.

And there is one important thing we certainly already agree upon:

We want to act, rather than talk and we want to start with ourselves.

Isn’t that just wonderful?

Have a nice Sunday!

Roland

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Saturday October 8th, 2016

Letter for PEACE

Sigi Kunz, Mensch, IT-Manager, Positivist, Aktivist.

Sigi Kunz, human being, IT-Manager, Positivist, Activist.

I have known Sigi Kunz for more than 45 years.
I am happy to be his friend.
I appreciate his qualities (not only) as a manager and entrepreneurial leader. When I invited him to attend our activities for PEACE, he replied as follows, at the same time giving his permission to publish his message.

Here comes:

 
Dear friends,

It is about time that I, as a newcomer to this round, also say something. First and foremost, I want to thank Roland for seeing me as a potential candidate for a) being interested in the topic and b) perhaps being able to contribute, at least to a small degree.

Having been a stubborn “conscientious objector” – that is what they called us in the 1970ies – the word PEACE was almost exclusively the complete opposite of WAR in my definition. PEACE was a hundred per cent different from WAR.

As time goes by, you become more mature, you learn to differentiate more clearly and you also learn that other nuances and values may lurk behind an abstract term. For instance, I totally agree with what Roland wrote in his last blog entry: that PEACE has to begin with yourself, that, first and foremost, you have to (learn how to) live in peace with yourself. At the same time, it is extremely important to also find ways to live in PEACE with nature.

Perhaps I misinterpreted Roland’s post of October, 1st, because it seemed to me like it contained a huge portion of resignation. I was probably wrong – which is what I sincerely hope.

Why is that what I hope?

As a general rule, my personality is characterized by optimism. Regardless, I sometimes fight an internal battle with myself asking the question if the species homo sapiens will, to put it bluntly, manage to get its act together.
Being an admirer of both Darwin and Dawkins, I “believe” in the evidence shown by evolution. And the unhappy truth I read there suggests that non-peace is more the rule than anything else in living nature. To eat and be eaten, the chain of nutrition, population mechanisms controlled by the supply of food – a propos bread for all, etc. Peace always only works for a short time and is limited to clearly defined groups.

Consequently, I fear that a huge part of the human race is trapped in the echo of evolution that says it is more goal-oriented for your own progress to kill all competition and to fight, if necessary with weapons, rather than living together in peaceful harmony.

Perhaps – and here is where my optimism kicks in – we are now in a phase where evolution is just on the threshold of “deciding” whether the strategy “fighting” will be beaten by the strategy “peace”.
You could compare it to the “nasty” entropy. Decades ago, during a physics lecture when I was an electrical engineering student, I came up with the idea that life might be the enemy of entropy, because living creatures alone really create order. In other words:

Ever since the big bang, chaos grew until the first living creatures appeared. Since then, they have been trying to fight chaos.

Well, this is enough of those ideas.

What is it I could or would wish to contribute to the topic peace? Here is an example where I have been actively involved for several years:

The club Hohenlinden 2000

The club was founded in 1996 and aims at

  • Keeping the memory of the terrible military battle alive and
  • Making use of said memory in order to promote PEACE with the erstwhile enemy (France) through shared projects and activities, along with developing and nourishing friendships.

 

Gérard Leser, juillet 2014

Gérard Leser 2014

Here is a poem that was written by the French historian Gérard Leser for memorial day.
At the end of the ceremony, he read the poem. It has been composed in two languages and calls for peace. It can also be read on a central cylinder at the base of the memorial.

 

 

 

Here is the German version:


 

Beide Fotos sind von der Enthüllung eines Denkmals (Erinnerung an 1.Weltkrieg, Schlacht in den Vogesen).

Both pictures show the unveiling of a memorial (1st world war, battle in the Vosges).

Altmattkopf.

Blick in die Weite und das große Atmen der Welt
Ruhe der Berge und der Natur
dunkelgrüner Mantel der Wälder und der Wiesen
unten Dörfer die gedeihen
die Stille die uns bewohnt
und doch
vor hundert Jahren
Staub, Krach, hunderte von Granaten die explodieren
zersplitterte Körper
Wunden die bluten
zerrissene Seelen
Kugeln die zischen
Bajonette die in der Sonne glitzern
und der Hass und der Tod die herrschen
nur noch den anderen Menschen umbringen
alle Teufel sind los
Franzosen gegen Deutsche
Deutschland gegen Frankreich

1914 Bruderkrieg

Menschen gegen Menschen
Europa brennt
und die Bevölkerung die flüchten muss
alles verlassen, alles verlieren
heimatlos
Häuser die verkohlen
Ruinen, Tränen und Elend ohne Ende

1915 Sieg und Zerstörung

Stille der Friedhöfe
das Tal durch die Front entzweit
getrennte Familien
verletzte Menschheit
öde Mauern und verwüstete Dörfer
Stacheldraht der überall blüht
tiefe Schützengraben verwunden die Erde

2015 Europa, endlich

Frieden und Versöhnung
doch
ein Denkmal zum Nachdenken
zwei Panzerschienen, zwei Armeen
ein kleiner Pfahl, die Bevölkerung die leidet
Menschheit mit Schmerz erfüllt
ein Pfeiler mit der Spitze die  am Himmel glitzert
um gemeinsam die Hoffnung zu pflegen
um das Gedächtnis zu wecken
um Brücken zu bauen
um über die Freiheit zu wachen
um die Gewalt in uns zu zähmen
um die Finsternis im Herzen nie zu vergessen
und das Leben zu ehren
Europa ist unsere gemeinsame Heimat

Gérard Leser


I close my letter and wish you all a beautiful weekend.

Sigi Kunz

P.S.
The owner of the photos is Sigi Kunz, you can use them under CC BY-SA 3.0.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Friday October 7th, 2016

PEACE – YES, I WANT IT!

Weiße Taube auf blauem Grund, eine Variante der Friedenstaube: Seit den 1980er Jahren verbreitetes Symbol der westeuropäischen, vor allem der deutschen Friedensbewegung, entworfen im Kontext des Widerstands gegen den NATO-Doppelbeschluss.

White dove on blue background, a variation of the peace dove. This has been an established symbol of the Western European, and especially the German Peace Movement since the 1980ies. Originally, it was developed in the context of opposition against the NATO double track decision.

A short time ago, I was alarmed. A friend of mine told me he had heard I am no longer active in the project PEACE. He asked me if that was correct.

It seems that, in some way or other, I caused a misunderstanding with the last article of mine. Quite the opposite is true and rather important!

I am and will remain true to the idea of PEACE. In fact, in the future, I want to do even more for PEACE than ever before.

During the last few weeks, however, I learned a lot.

For instance, I no longer believe in the “project PEACE”. The term “project” implies “management”. And I mean management in the worst meaning of the word. And that is something I am actually ABSOLUTELY FED UP with! I also understand now that PEACE is not something you can just “manage until it appears” or “make it happen”. Just like the “crusade for PEACE” is nonsense. I will also gladly acknowledge the perhaps cynical but rather correct comment of my friend Dr. Jörg Rothermel after he had read my article:

“I seem to remember a proverb:
“Fighting for peace is like fucking for virginity“ …(by Dr. Jörg Rothermel on Facebook).
😛  What a nice metaphor from the 1960ies.

Aebby (Eberhard Huber) proposed to substitute “enterprise” for “project”. That is something I can easily agree with, especially if the “enterprise PEACE” is the sum of the individual effort of many persons, all of whom start their own “enterprise PEACE” and want to live “in PEACE”.

In other words:
I will now, first and foremost, focus on my own life and give it all my strength. I decided that I will no longer let negative things affect me and influence me. After all, the more things that frustrate me I do, the more frustration I collect, and then it seems unavoidable that said frustration will again have to find a way out – in the form of enmity in whatever form, which then again will frustrate other persons. And I think “living in PEACE” first and foremost means not to collect frustration inside and then having to hand it on.

I spent many years of my life believing that this is unavoidable. I thought you had to “eat crow” again and again and even act against your own values and needs, for instance in order to come to mutual agreements. I used to believe that this was an unavoidable part of both my private and my business life.

Now I notice that, indeed, I can avoid negative input that I have to vomit up later in order not to do damage to myself. When all is said and done, it is only a question of courage on my side.

To be sure, I will have to kiss quite a few fixed patterns good-bye and change things I have become used to. Luckily, however, my first experiences on this path are rather sensationally positive, at least that is how I perceive them. Consequently, I will continue to practice.

I learned all this during many discussion, especially (but not exclusively) with Jolly. And it makes me happy.

So here are both my old and my new message: 



Whenever people want to live in PEACE and, for instance, send messages that promote PEACE, then I will be part of this. If and when Carmen makes a sensational film “PEACE”, then I will, of course, be part of it. Just like I will gladly join Gudrun wherever she lives “PEACE” in her own way.

This is also true for Aebby who moves so much in beautiful multi-dimensionality and for Wolf who keeps embedding PEACE in his great and beautiful media/internet work and for Daniel whenever he draws pictures for PEACE. And, if possible, for all those who want PEACE, as long as I enjoy it and my strength is enough.

And it will be my special pleasure to keep inviting you to be a part of the wonderful and important dialogues with experts and especially with Jolly on PEACE.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Saturday October 1st, 2016

Living in PEACE – Like a Bird that is Part of a Swarm …

Weiße Taube auf blauem Grund, eine Variante der Friedenstaube: Seit den 1980er Jahren verbreitetes Symbol der westeuropäischen, vor allem der deutschen Friedensbewegung, entworfen im Kontext des Widerstands gegen den NATO-Doppelbeschluss.

White dove on blue background, a variation of the peace dove. This has been an established symbol of the Western European, and especially the German Peace Movement since the 1980ies. Originally, it was developed in the context of opposition against the NATO double track decision.

Why peace?

After having finished my operative work at InterFace AG late in 2014, I wanted to give my remaining time, my talents and my network to causes that I find truly desirable. For PEACE. Because ever since my childhood, PEACE has been the most important issue for me.

There is a lot I have learned since then.

It now slowly dawns on me how hard it is to realize PEACE. Not because PEACE as such is impossible. Instead, it is because we, our socialization and our social systems are basically non-peaceful. And because you cannot gain PEACE by through non-peaceful lives, concepts, tools methods….

Why is PEACE so important for me?

PEACE is the central and highest value. This is something I have believed ever since I was quite young. Living in PEACE is the most important and necessary requirement for individual and collective happiness. Consequently, I started the “Project PEACE”. I will report on it regularly in this blog.

I am surprised how much I learned during just a few months into this project and how my judgement of the procedure changed. After all, what I originally wanted was to build a strong organization that has a strong voice and, for instance, realizes visible events for PEACE.

What was the plan?

I used to believe that, basically, you had to do everything you also learned as an entrepreneur, as it is probably also the latest state of the art:

You create a logo, write good and short pitches, come up with a manifesto (I was going to take the “agile manifesto“ as my model), design a statute, write a business plan, create a system of values, generate constructive rules of cooperation and formulate a precise mission. Then you look for a few like-minded persons, initiate a project and work on it together.

Based on this idea, I was going to find a lot of people who support the project PEACE. And there were lots of ideas what the organization for PEACE thus developed could do. For instance, there was the idea to also recruit artists, all sorts of multipliers and many persons of good intentions as “comrades in arms” (along with their creativity and strength) for the project.

And there was, for example, also the idea of making a superb film about PEACE. And/or to draft “social media projects”, for instance in snapchat, with friends. The idea looked so simple. Let us wake up and involve people through many great activities. And let us make use of all their ideas and creativity. In order to make the world understand that you need not justify why you are absolutely in favour of the idea of PEACE.

In order to finance these activities, there was the idea of founding a supporting enterprise the main purpose of which it would have been to raise money for the PEACE project activities. Most non-profit agencies use these kinds of “money suppliers” that provide them with cash – with quite a substantial bonus for the suppliers. Mostly, they raise money using classical methods, such as begging letters, personal addresses, TV advertisements, etc. Naturally, following the trend of modern times, it had been my intention to use the internet, because I was sure this was the most efficient and economical way to do it.

Thus, I thought we were going to build up a snow-ball system, illuminating many small PEACE fires that eventually would merge and become an all-encompassing PEACE fire.

Why is that the wrong approach?

After many discussions with friends, in particular with Jolly, Carmen and Gudrun – and after intense phases of contemplation – I understood that this is not really how it can be done. Because non-peacefulness is deeply rooted in the system we live in. A system that socialized us and pushed our concepts in non-peaceful directions. And I understand better and better – incidentally, this is quite logical – how (almost) all the dimensions of our social life are counter-productive for a peaceful (co)existence. Our everyday life is not peaceful, enmity is rooted deeply within us, just as all our stories, sagas, and fairy tales are not peaceful.

So if we want PEACE, the only thing we can do is start with a good example and change ourselves. Perhaps we will be more of a success if we cooperate than as individuals. Perhaps there are more persons out there whom we might “infect” with this need of ours. And if there are enough of us willing and capable of living in PEACE, then we might perhaps develop the strength of the swarm that the system has to follow.

Through the classical means of actually existing systems, however, we will not manage PEACE. Just as the old proverb says: “you cannot replace one evil with another”.

You could say that, from early childhood, we have been coded to want NON-PEACE, and it still continues. The (success) patterns we generally live and use are exactly what causes and promotes partisanship and enemy concepts. It is easy for fear, envy and hatred, and eventually war, to develop in this atmosphere. However, we cannot generate peace with war-like behaviour.

ust like I believe you cannot force tolerance through intolerance.

Consequently, PEACE cannot be a project, because the very term “project” is based on a mental concept that is not at all peaceful – let me remind you of terms such as plan, goal, deadline, resources and budget. PEACE is a very special commodity. It cannot be gained with the traditional western-European/American way of thinking.

I want to live!

And I personally do not want to continue with the classical patterns that formed and controlled me almost all my life, either. I no longer want to fight for something. Also, I no longer feel like convincing people to do something, making plans, building up structures, initiating tools, controlling organizations, suffering under the resulting systemic bureaucracy, subjugating honesty in words and activities under political goals, justifying any means because they serve a good purpose, having endless meetings, writing endless minutes and discussing what is actually meant.

I no longer want to “manage things“!

No, I am fed up with fighting for consensus and dubious compromises in groups until all my strength is used up and trying to get different personalities to come to terms with each other again and again. Also, I do not wish to sacrifice myself for PEACE, among other things because I consider martyrdom non-peaceful and a totally wrong concept.

The approach I used to believe in – even if it was extremely well-meant – will not bing us a single step closer to PEACE. Simply because we live in the wrong system and cannot achieve the right things by using the wrong methods of this system. Just like real life cannot exist in wrongness.

Consequently, I now believe we can only get PEACE if it is given space to develop by itself. And in order to achieve this, I have to start with myself. If I am perceptive, I keep discovering how non-peaceful I still am. All the time. That is something I wish to change.

However, the idea of PEACE has not died inside me. On the contrary. I also wish to keep promoting and supporting individual projects. For instance, I would really like to do a “superb film” on PEACE.

Maybe it will help?

Here is how I think today:
We have to find a way for PEACE to develop quasi by itself in our world. To be sure, such a thing might seem rather utopian at the moment, yet I want to seek it and build a beautiful utopia.

Perhaps humans together will find the path towards PEACE through beautiful utopias. But, just as with all innovative things, we have to liberate ourselves from the jail of our way of thinking in which – so it seems to me – we have been held prisoner for thousands of years.

Innovation is always also creative destruction. Consequently, the path towards PEACE will mean that we have to give up much and that we will lose much that has grown inside us and that we consider loved, precious and indispensable. On the way, we will have to break many patterns that seem to be part of our being! And that can really hurt. Yet it will probably be worth it. As far as I am concerned, I absolutely want to try it.

Conclusion:

To me, the following things seem utterly true:
We will not make any progress with thinking in the classical way. We want something new and therefore must find new ways. Thus, I will not give up, but instead will continue looking for a path towards PEACE.

What we need is a path towards PEACE that gives us pleasure and that we actually want to use ourselves.

These ideas gave birth to a new idea. Maybe the following metaphor can help when looking for the new way:

Let us become healthy, strong and peaceful birds that live in PEACE as part of a swarm. And let us become strong enough to move the world towards PEACE.

I am sure that we will find lots of friends. Perhaps this is the basis or the point of origin for a new utopia PEACE – and thus part of the solution to the riddle that lies ahead.

Jolly says:
You cannot fight for PEACE – you have to live in peace.

Living in PEACE – that is what we really need to practice, otherwise we cannot succeed. Consequently, in the future, I will not speak about a Project PEACE, but about living in PEACE. And I will continue with my attempts at finding other persons who, like me, are looking for PEACE.

Many thanks to the readers of this extremely important article!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Thursday September 8th, 2016

HELLO WORLD – An Open Letter – #PEACE

Symbol of westeuropean peace movement

Symbol of west european peace movement.

A short time ago, I had a great conversation with someone I hold in very high esteem and learned to love. I want to recruit him for our project PEACE. A day after our conversation, I sent him a letter – here is what I wrote.

My dear friend!

Now that one night has passed since we met, I would like to thank you again for yesterday’s conversation.

You asked the right and important questions. That is of high value. Because you will only find solutions if you have asked the right questions.
Here is my attempt at giving a short answer to your wise questions about the project PEACE (why and how):

For me, PEACE is the general metaphor for the opposite of what, in my opinion, is wrong in our society.
All over the world (with very few, rather dubious exceptions), an economic system that manipulates people is pre-dominant. It puts “shareholder value” and the increase of wealth for the acting agents over all else in unprecedented consistency. War, too, serves as a means to this end.

This system could not care less about the well-being, the physical and emotional health of the humans and also about our planet. I can prove this for many sectors, also due to the special insights I have gained through my network.

Among my sources – just to give an example – are discussions with managing directors of a very relevant pharmaceutical concern I cooperate with in a research project. And if I then take a look at the current evaluation of the newest pharmaceutical projects (one out of 23 is labelled green, few orange and more than half of them are labelled red), I know exactly why that is so (see yesterday’s SZ).

Unfortunately, this is true for many (perhaps even all) sectors, be it healthcare in general, food, energy, finances (banks and insurances), raw materials, merchandize, cars, communication, technology … Of course, it goes without saying that the weapons industry is also among them.

And (unfortunately) this is no conspiracy theory but can be proved by facts.

The EU, too, unfortunately, is (now?) a very undemocratic organization. It is dominated by the concern interests and, when all is said and done, you can even say that they were the ones who founded it. Just like the EURO is not a political product but one that was demanded by “business”. Yesterday, an EuGH decision, again, proved this (see yesterday’s ZEIT).

However, I do not wish to start a discussion about all these wrongs. I would rather talk about terms such as reform, revolution, change, modification, innovation, evolution, transformation. Those are also the terms my presentations are based on, no matter if they are about digitalization, leadership or entrepreneurship.

These are all difficult terms: in my book innovation means “creative destruction”. Reform is violence-free change. Everyone calls for reforms – yet nobody wants change. And change always means violence.

For the project PEACE, I use the term: transformation. Perhaps it is my goal to create a communicative concept to counterbalance the “non-peaceful” concepts. And I definitely do not want it on a religious level. In other words, I am not a missionary.

Instead, I want to give emotional and rational incentives for thinking. My intention is to inspire people. I would like to plant the idea of contemplation and activity. I am thinking of a snowball system that allows people to find autonomy without dogmata and drugs – that would be nice.

I kindly ask your forgiveness for my heart brimming over and consequently my goals being rather high. It is partly because – at least that is how I perceive it – I already managed to do quite surprising things in my life. Things I myself would never have believed possible.

On the other hand, I see myself as a rather humble person who can also live quite well with small success. After all, first and foremost, the journey is the reward!

But: not noticing and doing nothing is out of the question.

In my role as a mentor, I only support people in “homeopathic” doses. And I am happy whenever I can make others a little happier and more successful. And then I am very content and happy myself. The same is true for “my start-ups”..

My main personal goal is to live in gratitude.

Many heartfelt greetings and let us remain in contact!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Wednesday July 27th, 2016

Project PEACE. Meeting in Ulm.

We met directly beneath the venerable Ulm Cathedral. There were six of us: all mature men, meeting early on a sunny afternoon in order to work towards peace. Unfortunately, there was no woman amongst us, but then: maybe there will be in the future.

Here is an attempt at writing the minutes of the first meeting.

Das Ulmer Münster 1887

The Ulm Cathedral in 1887

July, 19th, on a nice summer afternoon in front of the coffee house beneath the Ulm Cathedral. Parties meeting:
Daniel, Eberhard, Guido, Jolly, Roland, Wolf.

After a round of introductions where everyone said what motivated him personally, we started developing and discussing first ideas on how we would like to and actually could approach the problem.

Idea of active involvement

We want to reach many persons and encourage them to openly work for peace. For us, this is more important than missionary work towards convincing non-peaceful persons.

We want to use the network-based media.

Based on the works of Wolf, we want to make a certain amount of interaction possible. We want the contributions of people to influence each other and yet we want them to have their own individual value. Participation is open and has a low access threshold. Yet the participation should be more than just a simple “like” or similar phrase.

Weiße Taube auf blauem Grund, eine Variante der Friedenstaube: Seit den 1980er Jahren verbreitetes Symbol der westeuropäischen, vor allem der deutschen Friedensbewegung, entworfen im Kontext des Widerstands gegen den NATO-Doppelbeschluss.Applying the snow-ball principle, we want to reach VERY many people. Our final goal would be to, perhaps, some day, have created the critical mass that can change society.

Our idea is based on views and convictions each of us finally put into short words once more:

I want peace through neutrality and respect for all living creatures.
Hatred and enemy images should disappear.

I have no enemies. Humans have no enemies. We create our own enemy images.

Appreciation. Peace has a value.

Peace is a precious commodity, no more enemy images!
More empathy!

An open society is a pre-requirement for peace.
Awake peacefully, let peace grow.

Next steps:

Find more like-minded persons -> this process has already started.
Fill ideas with actual behavioural patterns.
Design a logo.
Work on a manifesto – see a few fragments below.

Manifesto Fragments

Peace is valuable and needs no justification.

Peace is based on appreciation and respect.

Only those who appreciate their own self can appreciate others.

The peaceful solution of a conflict is always the better solution.

Humans have no enemies, they only have enemy images.

You can overcome enemy images.

einfach so - #lass_deine_waffen_fallen WNH 2016 - Wolf Nkole Helzle Social Media Art

Just like that – #throw_away_your_arms WNH 2016 – Wolf Nkole Helzle Social Media Art

 

Join us! Let us break the “pattern of war”!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
Since we want to make the “project PEACE” absolutely transparent, I am simply publishing the Ulm minutes. Thank you Eberhard for the nice summary.

Roland Dürre
Friday July 15th, 2016

Project PEACE. Two Possible Scenarios.

Project PEACE is under way. Consequently, I will now write down a few ideas on it. They are meant as impulse and inspiration – just for contemplating and joining in the thinking process. Perhaps even for joining us in the activities.

Weiße Taube auf blauem Grund, eine Variante der Friedenstaube: Seit den 1980er Jahren verbreitetes Symbol der westeuropäischen, vor allem der deutschen Friedensbewegung, entworfen im Kontext des Widerstands gegen den NATO-Doppelbeschluss.

There are many ways to start joining the PEACE project. Let me describe two very different scenarios that show how you might wish to approach the topic PEACE.

SCENARIO 1 – Hands On.

One way could be to, as a first step, just do it the conservative way and found a start-up that collects money. This is how they usually do it in the “common-good sector”.

A series of very commercially oriented companies persuades people to donate money for common-good oriented companies, mostly by sending begging letters, calling people on the telephone, appealing on TV, talking to them personally or similar methods. Those who raise the money get a certain percentage of the collected money from their customers – and this is not really a low percentage.

In the same way, we could found a start-up enterprise that is responsible exclusively for collecting money for the project PEACE on the internet. There are enough ideas how to go about it. Of course, one requirement for applying such a strategy is absolute transparency with a complete disclosure of all moneys.

“Project Peace” could then spend the money for advertising and activities. However, such a strategy would quickly turn the project PEACE into a capital-oriented and thus vulnerable “enterprise”. Basically, that is not what I want. Which is why I would prefer organising the project PEACE without money (see: #nocapital). Consequently, I prefer another concept.

Concept 2 – Soft, Quiet and Prudent.

A second approach is that we look for persons who “think like we think” in a very unobtrusive way and make them enthusiastic about our project, thus creating a “quiet and nice” snow-ball system. Naturally, we are also looking for people who have a “multiplying power”. But that is not a necessary requirement. On the contrary: all persons are equally appreciated and we need them all.

What I like is that, especially for the goal PEACE, you need values such as mindfulness, humility, neutrality and consideration to an extremely huge extent. Adversely, capitalisation will basically always promote the interests of individual persons or collective systems.

I rather like soft, quiet and prudent.

Consequently, I prefer the second scenario, because it is the more honest and perhaps in the long run the more successful one. Another reason is that the very kind of idea I described in the first scenario can basically be seen as part of the problem. And to say it with a metaphor: you do not want to and probably cannot “exorcise Beelzebub with the Devil”.

But even for “soft, quiet and prudent”, you will probably need a few requirements, such as a nice logo and a manifesto for PEACE. Along with a “value and culture paper” and perhaps a few simple and basic rules. And this is where professional assistance would be very welcome.

A possible way.

We could start a “snow-ball system” for PEACE using the “principle friends of friends”. If this got under way, it might be a way towards reaching the great goal!

RMD
(Translated by EG)