Two events today – one very local and personal, the other of international political interest and personally unrelated to me – reminded me of what we in the West have and one of the important reasons how what we have is currently maintained.
Earlier this morning Police surrounded a nearby house, with one armed Police officer – a quite young man – detailed to guard a possible rear escape route. Raid over, with arrests made, the armed officer politely and calmly re-assured a local resident who had, seeing and hearing the kerfuffle, ventured out into her garden, next door. In return, she thanked him knowing as she did how and why he had that morning willingly put his own life in danger. He genuinely surprised yet pleased that someone, some local resident, understood.
Such an orderly, and so very civilized, change of leader of a government in one Western country. Established, time-honored, procedures, a certain formality, and most definitely a long-standing tradition. A last appearance in a debating chamber for the departing leader during which not one of his political opponents used vulgar language or indulged in argumentum ad hominem. Then, for him, a journey – in a convoy with armed Police – to a formal audience with the Royal Sovereign of that land who alone, constitutionally, had the power to accept his resignation as leader, and who asked for his recommendation of who would be his successor as political leader of that land. Followed, shortly thereafter, by that new leader – in another convoy with armed Police – who only the Royal Sovereign of that land could formally, legally, appoint.
Here again were people acting in a civilized, a cultured, way; and here again were Police personnel – without any fuss or bother – putting their own lives in danger.
A Civilization Maintained
Such a contrast to so many places, to so many lands, around the world. Such an order, such a culture, such traditions, such civilized behavior by so many, as we in the West now have and have for over a century managed to maintain, despite the many problems that have afflicted us and despite the uncivilized behavior, the unreason, of many within our own lands.
Managed to maintain: because there are rules, traditions, procedures, for governments and politicians, worked out and refined over a century and more.
Managed to maintain: because there is the rule of law which, despite some individuals some of the time disagreeing with some of those laws, has created and maintained an ordered society for the benefit of the many, which law can be changed by civilized procedures, and which law – for all its faults – does on balance reflect what is fair, civilized.
Managed to maintain: because there is a Police force with long-standing traditions and procedures and with so many individuals within it prepared to put their own lives in danger because they know or because they instinctively feel what is civilized and what it is, in a given situation, the civilized, the fair, thing to do.
Managed to maintain: despite the doubters, the critics, the uncouth, the hateful, ones who seek to overthrow such a civilized, hard-won, order and who – often via the fallacy of arguing from the specific to the general – demean and hate the many (politicians, the Police) for the misdeeds of a minority.
All this, and so many similar things, is why I – aligning myself as I do with Reichsfolk – have a natural aversion to the uncouth behavior and language and the barbaric hatred of the many who now align themselves with National Socialism without understanding, or without feeling, its civilized, cultured, essence: an essence so manifest in the Waffen-SS, and an essence so maligned for so many decades by so much propaganda and so many lies because of the vested interests of so many who, at heart, are uncouth, uncultured, and uncivilized.
13 July 2016