Peace is a state of society in which aggressive or destructive interactions are not a systemic feature. Although its appearance is smooth, peace is weak, is fragile and everything else than self-evident. The question „What does peace look like“ best can be answered by pointing out „What peace does not look like“! Two different developments endanger peace. The explosive one shows destructive aggression and exposed animosity as the main source of irritation: War! The second one is implosive and characterizes a society of repression, administrative feudalism and a climate of envy and persisting control. Both evolutive lines essentially corrupt the human right to live in a harmonious, empathic and supporting society. The main endangerments of peace in a democratic society are an unbalanced allocation and distribution of energy resources within the society („asymmetric society“), the decline of the creation of value and material prosperity („downfall of the middle class“), a climate of bullying and bashing in the media („snotty-nosed journalism“) as well as an overburden and overwinded system of statutory regulations in combination with an administration focussing more on repression and control than on encouragement („the state as a Total Institution“).
We cannot take peace for granted, we have to struggle for peace, with our intelligence and with our empathy. Our politicians are requested to have an eye on it - every day. And we should have an eye on them - if they allow it …