Agape: In Search of Universal Love
from the novel, The Lodging for the Rose
Rolf. A. F. Witzsche

Story 14 - Mission Africa.
page 82

      Nicolai just laughed. "There is no such concern in Russia," he said. "Our concern is to keep our own financial system together in order to be able to secure enough fertilizers to grow enough food for our own population. Africa is far away. Helping Africa is not even under discussion."
      Here, Ross had to laugh too. "Do you think the USA is any different? Just ask around while you're on tour. If you ask your audience to name the actors in the latest Star Wars movie, people will proudly tell them to you, name by name, but if you ask them where Kenya is, they may guess that it is somewhere in Idaho or is a country in South America. They couldn't care less what goes on in Africa. Most people in our own government don't even care. My boss, Fred, tries to care," Ross added. "That's why he set up this mission for Pete."
      I told Nicolai that he can keep the mission report.
      "But why do you want to go if you already know the answers?" Nicolai asked.
      I told him that I have to go in order to find the proof. Some hard and fast evidence is needed as a first step for changing things. I also told him that I wanted to explore what specific footsteps would need to be taken towards shutting the caldron down, like dealing with corruption, or the building of infrastructures, water development, the building of transportation systems, new large scale developments in agriculture. Unless all of these areas are fully addressed, the caldron won't be shut down. "That's all part of the grave security exposure of the Unites States of America, and the whole world," I added.
      "You are asking the world to change," commented Nicolai. "You are asking for too much."
      "I am not asking for anything," I replied. "I am merely stating what must be accomplished if we intend to survive on this planet. As you know yourself, there exists only one fundamental principle of economics, not half a dozen, and an understanding of this fundamental principle solicits certain types of responses. We have no control over what these responses must be. I have a duty, however, alone with everyone else, to present the underlying principle and what a scientific response to the principle demands, such as, what our goals ought to be. Yes, I am saying that humanity dies if these minimal goals are not met, but it is not up to me to make the demands for change. It is up to you, to all of us together, with everyone else of humanity standing up on the foundation of that principle, to demand for themselves the changes that are required.
      I told him that I am not pushing anyone, or demanding anything. "It is my understanding that people are human beings with enough intelligence to recognize that I am telling the truth. I can help them to organize their thinking, to make it more efficient for them to recognize the truth of the principle. I can even help them to reorganize their lives," I said to Nicolai, "in order that they become more human in their approach to reality. But that's all that I can do for them. People will have to take the required footsteps themselves, to save their lives. Indeed, anybody is capable of doing that. Eventually they will agree that certain types of responses are necessary, and that their present responses are based on lies and illusions and are a mistake. If they recognize this, they will respond accordingly. That is how the U.S.A. was created as a nation. This approach works."
      Nicolai nodded quietly, but didn't say anything.
      "It is really up to everyone to act on the strength of the information that is already known, and to take the necessary steps of the type that I will outline for everyone," I said to him. "I can't force the world to change, or Africa for that matter. That would be a Byzantine/Roman approach. One can't force people to become intelligent. One can only help them to recognize that they already are intelligent. That's the real challenge that I am hoping to address. Going to Africa is just a small step. Still, it is going to be tough enough, even for this little step, to establish the contacts that I need, there in Africa, in order to be able to judge the local situations and ascertain proof of the most immediate dangers that I know exist."

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