The forgotten integration (spirit of law)
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III. The forgotten integration (spirit of the law)
Integration is one of the most difficult of social themes; it is often misused in politics and in the media to set people against each other or to play them out against each other. “Ethnic minorities” should adapt, for example. I cannot rid myself of the impression that in that case, integration is reduced to a question of power: Who decides that “the other” should adapt? Hopefully, you will realise as I do that the intention towards integration is thus nipped in the bud.
Mutual competition will never lead to integration but at most to blackmail!
Integration is a meeting of two people, say, with different backgrounds and the curiosity toget to know “the other”. By becoming aware of the other person, we get to know ourselves because we are learning to notice differences. Meeting others can strengthen our inner identity, not by forcing it on others but by learning to become aware of and accept that “being different”. If someone else wants to impose their values on you, they are simply negating your right to exist. Psychologically that means that they are negating their own right to exist and have the need to dominate the other so as to assume an external identity by way of compensation.
Encouraging and rewarding that is perhaps the last thing that we as a constitutional state should do. Yet this is what we have unwittingly accepted as the top priority within our politico-economic system, which makes social and constitutional integration virtually impossible, as is clearly evident in today’s society. The most poignant symptom of this among citizens is the disintegrating credibility of governments, which is logical because by simply promoting or reducing the amounts of money, politics has allowed itself to be reduced to the status of guard and enforcer of a bureaucratising machine. The government is no longer a direct and integral part of society. Never has there been so much money circulating around the world as there is today, and at the same time, we lurch from one crisis to the next. Could it be that politics has an interest in this multiplicity of crises and would that then mean that we unwittingly stood at their cradle!? Crisis promotes shortages, for instance justice and safety, which creates greater demand among the population. Thus we have inadvertently created a vicious circle of social, political and legal impotence.
To read the whole chapter part of "complementing information" send to the European court of Human Rights, march 17, 2012