I call all my multinational projects “no más fronteras”, dealing with the problems of the border in its broadest meaning, helping to overcome situations of conflicts, wherever they are.
Mostly I read the preface after I had read the book, since it contains in abstraction what the book is about; a short enumeration of its intention as also a summary of its content.
My preface is no different from others. Accordingly I presuppose that who will read this writing has already been surfing the pages of the Société Imaginaire and has had a glimpse of the more than twenty years of efforts in searching for ways of a “convivencia humana” in this more and more globalized confusion; ways for a peaceful and creative living-together in a future not yet existent society - a “Société Imaginaire”.
It means we must imagine it first. When many like minded people do it together by dreaming, thinking, imagining, designing it, will it then turn into reality.
When General von Kirchbach writes about “overcoming borders” it means the same; if we all dedicate to this problem and think, write and illustrate the border, the problem of the border will be more profoundly understood and accessible to us.
What is a border? Is it an invisible line running somewhere through a deep forest, in midst of a beautiful meadow, over dangerous cliffs, through luxurious residences and miserable favelas? Did it become real and converted into a barbed wire fence, a wall or a sophistically camouflaged mine-field, or all of them all together? Is this border out there or in ourselves?
It is in us! We grow up with it – it has been implanted in us. It does not matter where we have been born or how it has been forced onto us by our surrounding and “education” and other never questioned facts. It’s simply so. Well I say no, it is not like that – it must not be so.
Man made the borders – man can make them disappear!
But to “overcome our borders” we must first get to know them well – as I said elsewhere. We must describe it, represent it in many different ways. Each of us has to draw it, to feel, to glide over its torturous lines with our own hands – to get a direct experience – a corporal, physical relation to this seemingly abstract concept of the “border” which is in reality inside of us, is our own enclosure, our limitation that we must overcome.
The resulting image or sign will be our real identity – our future and permanent address. This game-like communication method extended in the forum should never loose its playful characteristic and the greatest happiness that can happen to us is finding through this project similar thinking people and maintain with them a meaningful relationship.
But at the same time this project asks for more, it becomes a mission that we must carry out with utmost responsibility. We must bear in mind that the project “Helmets for Peace” came to life and has been designed as a close cooperation among the armed forces of many countries and the Société Imaginaire (see concept Obl. Scheuck) Their missions, their real experiences from many points of the globe are the most important to us. Why? The armed forces are already realizing the dream of the Société Imaginaire: they are defending their own borders by overcoming them.
Each of these soldiers are risking their lives by carrying out missions to safeguard the peace for all of us, in countries thousands of miles away of his own country! Sometimes in places that they never heard of.
Through these missions they are living an abstract life (certainly a different one) which is not in accordance with his upbringing traditions and less with his national borders. Maybe most of them aren’t even are aware, conscious but they are the first men of its kind, living and fighting for a “convivencia humana” on a global level! No matter which side of the border!
The “Helmets for Peace” project is a recognition of this titanic effort and sacrifice – a homage to them. By making known their contributions, many of us can follow their example and learn more about their daily experiences.