I have a second reason for thinking about Chondritics. I live in a stable society (one of the affluent bits of the Naughty North of England) and I appreciate that stability.
I don’t think stability is widespread – it may be taken for granted in England, but in many parts of the world stability has been absent for generations. And even in England, the Queen’s Peace seems a fragile thing at times. (As I write, London is clearing up after widespread riots.)
Quakers, like any other value-based community, need stability for long term survival. Just as we need a system to decide ‘who will shovel the shit’, we need a way of responding to people who use violence and intimidation to run the world.
Do we defend ourselves – like the monks who developed Judo?
Do we rely on others, who may have unacceptable ways and standards?
Do we trust to the spirit and hope a peaceful approach will earn respect and foster survival?
Do we simply accept that, in a turbulent world, a non-violent approach will be risky?