by Benjamin Ong
1. Peace does not really exist. It is not a default state; it comes about through great effort, through numerous civilian supply systems, constant monitoring, and the provision of adequate deterrence: and this applies not only to inter-state military threats, but to threats posed by every individual agent of the sort which anyone would instinctively say falls under the purview of the Home Office, Ministry of the Interior, etc.; threats to the person; and threats to the personality. But the mechanisms which create peace are fundamentally warlike; it is the threat of war which upholds peace.
2. For instance, to be at work is to be at war. Any work consists of engagement in a feedback loop; it requires one to be on constant standby for input, and gives no respite, for kopi must either be drunk at the desk or with the desk in mind. One may enjoy work, but only so long as one is prepared never to give it up. For each period of non-work is simply an interim period framed by work.
3. Again, the same applies to the manner in which one must necessarily carry out one’s life, for life is simply a workflow system with less of a code of conduct.
4. Happy, therefore, is the person who has given up on peace, who knows that there is only better-managed war or more-poorly-managed war.