Preconditions for Democracy
Democracy is a tool for any person or system able to take responsibility for its actions, to perform change with, according to necessity, providing protected space for those who want or need it to develop in. To use it, true respect based on profound understanding of basic human connectedness and a culture of free, unlimited education for everyone are rquired.
2.) Basic Values
b.) Pain and Healing
1.) Structure of Human Community
a.) Group and Individual
Individual- and group-consciousness exist in a dynamic connection.
Through this connectedness, the well-being of others is just as important as caring for oneself.
A teacher is a leader.
A follower can become a leader, and a leader can become a follower, according to situation. This is a general human capacity.
The highest aim of education is to aid the individual to become a teacher, which means that the practise of self-discipline is higher valued than the practise of discipline.
2.) Basic Values
Human abilities develop best in self-reflection within the realm of truth.
The nucleus of truth can be only perceived through clear perception, and is in itself empty which means without dimensions. Thought (Heraklits "Logos")and Interpretation (Zenons "dialectic") is in permanent fluctuation and change. It stems from, but in itself has no true self-nature.
However, separation, from which stems individuality, is condition of life, and is a steady reason for constant learning.
Since the own true self and the true self of the other are not two, but one (non-dimensional), respect for the other should be a matter of course. True respect enables one to take full responsibility for one's own actions, to learn and mature, polish and build up oneself to a valuable, emancipated being. Consciously utilising the Law of Cause and Effect to build the life one wants to live, while at the same time conceding a personal sovereign territory to each other person, to do the very same.
Self-determination which is only possible in an emancipated state, requires ending to inflict harm to oneself and others, which goes hand in hand with having true respect and additionally through repentance for possible harm, that was formerly inflicted to others.
Connection implies that each action or attitude naturally works in two directions: to oneself and to the other, similarly to one's inside and to one's outside. This applies to everything: to 'respect', 'trust', 'care', to 'guilt', even to 'forgiveness'.
Received Trust is Equivalent to Given Trust
As in the question of the chicken and the egg (the solution of which is that both were created simultaneously, as one concept), are "expecting and giving trust" happening only together.
3.) Care: Protected Space
Care is appropriate action due to true empathy and participation.
One of the most beneficial actions one person can do to another is to provide safe space and prepared surrounding, where learning can take place, where "uncertainty and fear" can evolve to "experience and understanding".
Clear consciousness naturally reacts with full empathy, sensitiveness and natural benevolence on the affairs of others - and does in no way harm them, instead brings constantly forth compassion and care.
Free will is a natural characteristic of mind. Since it is integral to the mind, it cannot be given, nor can it be taken away.
Definition of „Use“ and „Misuse“
„Misuse“ is action on others in which their reactions of pain, fear or aggression are ignored and consciously tolerated or justified by ones' own advantage.
Every single, simple thought in the human mind has tremendous power of creation as soon as it remains unchallenged and is internally or externally not being contradicted.
From that we can derive that the way to dominate others is to dominate their thinking (and belief).
Everything inflicted on others will inevitably return to the doer through a natural, unaided counterflow of subsequent events, as engraved into the uncheatable fractal structure of our world - through the Law of Cause and Effect, which is inherent to nature:
In a constant learning process, all experiences will summarize and help each individual to handle this freedom with consciousness and care, and to master each effect through adjusting the cause, and thus - in the end - walk upon the path of emancipation.
a.) Development and Education
There is always a reason for learning and for interest: something to reach or a lack to be balanced.
The teacher provides or prepares safe space, educational surrounding, where uncertainty and fear, resp. inability and ignorance can gradually evolve to experience and understanding, ability, skill and knowledge. A teachers foremost task is to build up connection and trust. Then the unhindered flow of learning and gaining experience naturally goes along with enthusiasm and a learning process for both.
The "safe space" which is provided as a learning environment must be connected to a gradually more unsecured wider space, to which the learner is encouraged and expected to expose himself bit by bit - while the teacher provides the necessary tools to 'survive' - so to allow the gaining of experience and self-dependence without being disturbed in an inappropriate way.
b.) Pain and Healing
Emotional and bodily pain and sickness mostly originate from an unbalanced mind, a mind that attaches to cravings and desires, clinging to a picture of incompleteness, enhanced by worrisome fantasies, which lead to revolving thinking and to congealing as inner concepts or erroneous beliefs. These concepts then pose conditions, and if these are not met, even more disappointment and greed, anger and fear arise, which affect the body and make it sick.
Sometimes such concepts are trauma-induced, secret walls to protect of repeated emotional or physical suffering. Sometimes their origin stems from a hidden, unseen and unresolved tragedy within the family for which one wants to be an un-destroyable memorial.
If controlling these notions is not possible, the constant attachment to them and keeping them in mind leads to a destructive effect. If one does not get what one desires, anger, negative thoughts and actions appear, followed by damaging behaviour, which subsequently lead to fear and helpnessless of the recompense, and if not properly reacted, to the unconscious readiness to be used by others.
It attachment is released, and no harm is done, desires can be enjoyed as part of a happy life, however.
Healing is initiated and induced through a prepared safe space, which is provided through the dedication, attention, protection and empathic participation of an other experienced person, ready to connect with the other. The healing process, however, takes place within oneself. It starts with being able to find back to trust and security, which lead to relaxation of mind and body, - and in this secure setting self-reflection just starts to happen.
c.) Guilt and Penalty
Violence is any form of forcing ones will over the will of another.
Violent coercion in its extreme can induce inner walls of numbness, and structurize in layers or parallel existences, to avoid further pain. So switching from one to the other appears in form of a multiple personality. The healing process is thus a very elaborate one.
However, confronting violence with violence, or fighting negativity with negativity, bad with bad, is just as useless as trying to fight pain with more suffering, or to put out fire with gasoline.
Consciously inflicting pain on another being for one's own benefit, which is misuse, again works in two directions:
The more pain is purposely conferred, the more feeling of guilt and responsibility is automatically stored deep inside the personality, where it exists as a threat and one day will burst out, make itself conscious and so sets an end to the misuse.
Sincere regret and repentance are natural reactions and excellent means of healing. They automatically appear in the human mind, when someone realizes the pain he has inflicted on someone else and deeply understands what happened. It can be used intentionally to clear ones' consciousness and find true relief.
However, this effective, voluntary and true repentance must not be confused with mere lip-service, let alone by inefficient self-accusation or destructive self-punishment, which are just another form of irresponsibility to oneself and one's life, rendering oneself helpless, subjected to the possible misuse by others.
Restorative Justice, Forgiveness
A violator, in a prepared setting being allowed to gradually open up and to confront the feelings of the victim, is naturally shocked, sincerely regretting the impact made, tending to restore the dignity of both. At this moment, true forgiveness is possible (see "Restorative Justice" or "Restorative Circles").
Guilt is released at the moment of true forgiveness and adequate compensation. Both, the violator and the victim are so entering a path of insight, understanding and increasing positive experience. The path of restoring justice and balance in this way is leading to maturity, mutual respect and lasting solutions.This lies the basis for social peace.
The democratic process is a means for organising changes in a community of individuals who are capable to act self-dependent and self-reliable.
Each of these individuals can at any time initiate and lead any new undertaking, project, field, group or community which are constantly moving holons in the one dynamic Holarchy.
For each individual there is constant freedom to join a group, project, field or community, or to deliberately leave it. The only way to bind oneself is by a contract, a promise or a vow, done by free will. And even if broken, the break up can be dealt with in wisdom.
This general attitude and high social culture derives from the consciousness of holding high the value of general respect of our individual sovereignty, trustworthiness and reliability, and at the same time is rooted in the profound experience of our all underlying connectedness in what can be called "non-dimentional singularity" ("Truth", "Absolute"), which is the origin of everything: our true home, the origin, the core of every sentient being, the true self nature.
Democratic tools must be consciously adopted as a means to perform changes in a mindful way, using the positive impact of true connection between individuals (which is mutual empowerment), to provide a safe and supportive environment for all to grow, to learn and to mature, - including the weak and the unbalanced.
If a democratic tool is installed in a way so that it restricts freedom of the individual to start with, it is either installed by an unexperienced individual or it is being misused.
It is crucial to see every person as having the natural right to set his or her own steps, to follow his or her own direction, his or her own causes and intentions, - in order to gain experience, self-dependence, and to gain emancipation. Nobody can do this for the other, and everybody can reach this. We can assist each other in this process, however, and make life beautiful.
In whatever area a group of individuals find a common ground or a lowest common denominator, a reason to be together, connecting their efforts will help them to gain success and satisfaction it this special field.
For organising themselves and furthering the cause of the common denominator, responsible leadership combined with a democratic tool are of best use.
So each person can be heard.