Green Helmets Codex

As stated in our → values  the way Green Helmets operate is based on → The Declaraton towards a Global Ethic, issued 1993 defining the knowledge of common values of all cultures. The 6 key principles of global ethics are:

partnership, the "Golden Rule" of mutual respect, the commitment to truth, the obligation to non-violence, the commitment to justice and the principle of humanity.

Partnership

A central question for everyone is: where do I start if I want to? The answer to this is relatively simple: at oneself.

If you have an idea and try to implement this idea, you often realize very quickly that you are missing something. Be it skills and capacities, be it money or other resources. Therefore, every step begins with the search for partners. Partnership for goals - as stated in the → UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17 - is therefore crucial for any project or initative being filled with life.

This way we see each mission crew member and each supporter - may is be a responsible acting single person, company, organization or  politician as a partner. Both sides cross-fertilise gaining added value and synergies.

Mutual Respect

The "Golden Rule" of mutual respect has already been a millennia-old tradition in many cultures: from ancient Egypt over ancient India, Persia to the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome. This respect was also found in the early North- and South-American, old African, Asian or the Aboriginal cultures.

However, the philosophy of mutual respect was not limited in particular to others as essential component of their well-being, but it was also tributed to nature which shows partnership and unity between nature and each individual.

The golden rule (or also: law of reciprocity) is expressed in different types which at least can be summarized in the phrase: "What you wish upon others, you wish upon yourself ", because all depends on all.

Truth

Generally, truth is seen as being compliant with fact or reality or - as an attribute - being authentic. This is not contrary to spirituality which is based on the belief of invisible strings that define the universe.

There are many questions about what constitutes truth: what things make capable of being true or false; how to define, identify, and distinguish truth, and whether truth is subjective or objective, relative or absolute.

Truth is the fundamental character of mutual respect and thus the basis for a successful partnership. It is important to remain loyal to truth in a world where we seem to live in a 'post-factual age' and where reality is more and more based on distrust and suspiciousness. Honesty and responsibility count.

Non-violence

Hurting people, animals or the environment is unnecessary to achieve an outcome. Non-violence is a millenia-old spiritual concept.

Mohandas Gandhi was the first who practiced the absent of violent action as a means to achieve changes by converting an opponent's mind and heart in a face-saving way and convincing him in the lack of prospect of the application of violence. To be successful a distinction must be made between people in certain positions and and their reprehensible action. Non-violent protest seeks a 'win-win' solution whenever possible.

Among the techniques of non-violent protest are: → sit-ins, peaceful demonstrations,  holding vigils, blockades, → civil disobedience.

Justice

The term "justice" refers to a state of social coexistence in which there is an appropriate, impartial, and demandable balance of the interests and the distribution of goods and opportunities between the persons or groups involved. This includes also access to these conditions and the obligation to reduce inequalities as stated in the → UN SDG 10.

Justice is based on partnership, mutual respect, truth and non-violent action. I requires to take over and bear responsibility for ensuring that just conditions are established.

Injustice is a violation of justice and arbitrariness is one of the main reasons for injustice because it breaks the principle of impartiality.

Humanity

This principle sums up the first 5 principles. Philosophically, humanity is contrasting to raw brutality and encompasses the fundamental equality of all people of every origin and gender, the universal human dignity, and the ostracism of attack. For Cicero it was a term for the holistic education of woman and man.

The 1948 → Universal Declaration of Human Rights is based on humanity which requires religious and political tolerance and respect for human beings, their convictions, respect for animals and the protection of nature.

Recent interpretations of international law see humanitarian interventions no longer as illegal and illegitimate "interferences in the internal affairs".