The series is presented supplemental to the author's exploration in novels, of the great principles of civilization: the Principle of the General Welfare; and the Principle of Universal Love.
All evidence points to the fact that today's monumental challenges that are greater than any that mankind has ever been facing, stem not from natural catastrophes over which we have no control, such as the coming Ice Age that is inherent in the dynamics of our planet, or the depletion of certain energy resources and so forth, but stem instead from our neglect in recognizing the principles of civilization - the Principle of the General Welfare, and the Principle of Universal Love.
The suffering in our world is primarily a manmade tragedy that could have been avoided, but is allowed to happen and to escalate, which now threatens to shut down civilization altogether. Thus the entire travesty of tragedy is secondary to society's neglect of the principles of civilization. For example, the unfolding energy crisis is nothing more than the result of society's neglect to develop the vast energy resources of nuclear power, such as thorium power, in a timely fashion, including nuclear fusion,
With the principle of civilization being rooted in the Principle of Universal Love, as the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia illustrates, and what resulted from it, one wonders why the Principle of Universal Love should be so hard to implement that it is almost universally neglected.
I have written a series of novels - The Lodging for the Rose - to explore this weighty question. The dimension of the Principle of Universal Love may be wide, agonizing, deep reaching, and most challenging in many ways, but it imposes no impossible hurtles. Mankind has made many attempts in history to implement the principle to some degree, beginning for example with the Renaissance and later with the Treaty of Westphalia and the resulting founding of the USA as the first true nation-state republic on the planet. While these historic footsteps have often been brilliant and profound in many ways, their outcome has always been crushed again under the imperial boot. Nevertheless, the successive steps that have been taken along this line have generally been brighter than the steps before, and more certain. The long-term trend of our unfolding civilization thus opens up the potential for us today to achieve a brightness in our future that supersedes anything we have seen in the past. All we have to do is care enough to implement its principles.
In the immediate term however a far greater challenge presents itself of a kind that is not so easily addressed in novels. We face an impending new cycle of war beginning with the planned war against Iran with horrendous consequences, while we face simultaneously the reality of a rapidly collapsing global economy, global financial system, and the escalating takedown of the productive industries in the USA and in Western Europe, especially the US auto industry. For this reason the upgrading of the series of novels, The Lodging for the Rose, that was in progress, has been temporarily suspended for the development of the web series: Truth versus Guns. The goal has been and still is, to explore the current crisis from as wide a range of perspectives as possible, including into the perspective also the work of America's most respected (around the world that is) economist and statesman Lyndon H. LaRouche who has been fighting for the advance of civilization and a new renaissance for mankind for over three decades.
It is my hope that the wide range of exploration of principles in this series will contribute something towards the movement that is required for the now onrushing multidimensional crises to be brought to a halt before it fully unfolds.
Rolf A. F. Witzsche
Rolf A. F. Witzsche
Rolf A. F. Witzsche, is an independent researcher, publisher, and author of eleven novels. The novels are focused on exploring the Principle of Universal Love, the principle that is reflected to some degree in every bright period throughout history with the added challenge for today to give our universal love an active expression in a type of 'Universal Kiss' for all mankind.
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