Neutrality and peace

Reflections on an inner attitude

by Nicole Duprat, France

Today, there is an increasing tendency to weaken or even denigrate neutrality by misinterpreting it as outdated or even obsolete. Neutrality is being stripped of its essential content.
  Peace, for its part, strangely becomes the stated aim of those who start wars. Peace can only be achieved by waging war, which is completely absurd, and the idea of a just war is unacceptable. There is no such thing as a just war.

You don’t start with the roof

You don’t build a house by starting with the roof, but with the foundations. Peace and neutrality are the foundations of a modus vivendi, both for individual human conduct and for the collective conduct of states and nations.
  Just as there is no cloth without tissue and no tissue without cloth. There is no peace without neutrality and no neutrality without peace. A commitment to peace means a commitment to neutrality, and vice versa. They are two sides of the same coin.
  Neutrality is a reality inherent in anyone who cultivates peace and whose understanding of the world in which we live is devoid of any biased or partisan viewpoint.
  Neutrality acts and functions as an indicator of a different way of being, thinking and acting, because it is part of a relationship of peace between individuals, states and nations.
  Neutrality is not a notion with variable geometry, nor a principle subject to the opinions and ideologies of others. A principle does not have the force of law. That is why it must be enshrined in a Constitution, because a law can and must be strictly applied. To refuse to enshrine it in the Constitution is to leave a dangerous crack in the system of direct democracy.
  Faced with the slander of its detractors, neutrality must not be equated with selfishness, cowardice or indifference.
  Abandoning neutrality means abandoning a precious instrument of peace that can deescalate conflicts.

To be just is to be neutral

To be just is to be neutral, to reject a climate of division, not to favour one side over another. It means treating everyone equally. It’s an inner attitude that gives us a sense of perspective and helps to counteract the spirit of division.
  It makes sense both individually and collectively. It places the individual above immediate interests. Without neutrality, the Red Cross could not function.
  Each of us is responsible for weaving the indestructible threads of neutrality and peace to generate a solid collective fabric of fair and balanced relations, free and united in a spirit of unity.  •

(Translation Current Concerns)

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