What I’m about to write is nothing new. Firstly, we as humans, have a moral obligation to avoid conflict and violence, but not assertive, albeit duly respectful, confrontation where it is due.
When constructive and respectful interaction fails, the ice starts getting thin fast. We have two options. We can be cowards and run, leaving others to become victims and face deadly music. Or we can enter the fray. Entering carries certain responsibilities. None less than having at least half a clue what to do when you get in there. If not you are merely presenting yourself to become a victim.
The vast majority of humans on the planet are victims. Real democracy is a long way from arriving. When people fail to realise that they are the political masters and not any external leaders, they fail in their responsibilities as participants to democratic process. This, however, does not mean anarchy, but the very opposite. There has to be a participatory meeting of minds. Ki-no-musubi is more than a fancy quote to recite at quasi aikido meetings. Much more. Until democracy becomes a democracy of souls, a community of responsive and responsible individuals with clarity enough to find the best common goal, it will not have arrived.