• 22, June, 2024
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It is crucial to use our intelligence to understand and recognize what our humanity means, which does not allow for a ‘partial or limited peace,’ and that is why war is said to be ‘absolute.’

In the past, human groups were isolated and uncommunicated, and the exclusive decision-making that leads to confrontation was inevitable. For this reason, humans have organized themselves into armed units or states. However, in our time, we can reconcile (and forgive ourselves, as it was not within our control not to harm each other) and establish peace or inclusive decision-making that avoids and prevents the intent of harm and implies cooperation for the common good.

However, the first inclusive decision must be disarmament, the renunciation of the intention or purpose to destroy the other, which is the object of the weapon. Without this renunciation, no inclusive decision can be made, since the purpose of destruction (of the other) conditions everything else so much that cooperation not only cannot be inclusive but happens only really against third parties (and hence the ugliness of politics).

Why is this so? Because of our humanity, which is unique and belongs to all of us, putting us in the place of the other by projecting and anticipating. That is why we submit to those who threaten us. The inevitable consequence of wanting to harm, even if it is only one person in the world, is equivalent to harming everyone, as this forces others to take sides (logically, the other will not agree to be destroyed), and where force is used, freedom and humanity are deprived.

This was already understood by the wise pacifists who called themselves cosmopolitans, as they understood that peace was nothing other than natural law, the law of the Cosmos. Mozi, the Eastern cosmopolitan version, whose doctrine is Universal Love, affirms that this love is the Will of Heaven, which has arranged things in such a way that some of us cannot have peace while others do not, as a consequence of that virtual human capacity. Similarly, for Mozi, love is not idealistic, a will or voluntarism that uselessly confronts a world at war, but rather love is the logical consequence of universality.

Mozi says in “Xiaoqu” – Minor Illustration – 7:


To love people requires loving all people for it to count as loving people; but not loving people does not require not loving anyone for it to count as not loving people.

Riding a horse does not require riding all horses for it to count as riding a horse; it is enough to have ridden one horse for it to imply riding horses. By contrast, not riding a horse requires not riding any horse for it to count as not riding a horse.

This is “one requires all and the other not all.”

This captures the wonderful and fascinating condition and characteristic of our humanity. But it is intelligence that must discern.

And discerning this condition of our humanity is the meaning of the call for a Day of Reconciliation on January 30, 2025. Until that day, we share, spread, and support this message and the call as much as we can, and on that day, we ensure that this communication effectively reaches all of Humanity, thus beginning disarmament by placing all weapons under human command. As they are no longer than just one for the other, they suspend their activity and development, making disarmament not only possible but also convenient.

Not even that command can then generate the initiative of harm, as it would be the absurd and contradictory situation of one who simultaneously attacks and defends themselves. Moreover, the command is not at the top of the hierarchy, as only an army constitutes a hierarchy. Here, the command is over all arms, which do not compose a hierarchy, and therefore, it is a command of equals, a human command. All this projects intelligence before which we must not blind ourselves.

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