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

Story 22 - For the Sake of Truth.
page 150


      I turned to the heavy set young man. "Yes," I said. "America is the most heavily militarized country on earth, and it is on the war path to take over the world, but it is all for nothing. There is nothing in the world that anyone can steal to enrich oneself. We either enrich one another and our world for the advancement of humanity and a richer life for all, and we do it together, or we go to hell together. Right now, the USA has chosen the going to hell option, and that should cause you to be concerned, because you are on the target list, together with everyone else."
      Ross came into the act. "Our only hope is to get America, China, and the people of the world to snap out of their madness over money and stealing property, and cause a paradigm shift in thinking, back towards real economic development, the development of real wealth, all over the world. Anything less won't do, No pirateering, no isolating, China is a big part of the world. It combines a quarter of the world's people. It has a responsibility to see itself in global terms as a catalyst for world development. No more silk-society kind of thinking."
      "What do you mean with silk-society?" the Chinese lady asked.
      "The trouble with China is," said Ross, "that is has been a silk-nation for too long. Just like the silk worms spin a cocoon around themselves, China has enclosed itself in a cocoon and pretended that the outside world doesn't exist. Thus, it feels no responsibility for uplifting humanity as a whole."
      The heavy set young man stood up and pointed out that this is not really a Chinese disease. "That is a disease the whole of humanity is suffering from, especially the American society. I have travelled around," he said. "I have been in your country. In your country the cocoon is so small, one needs a microscope to see it. Every family has become a cocoon, and nobody gives a damn about anybody else as if the world around them isn't a part of the planet on which they live." He began to laugh. "They don't even care for themselves. Just listen to their vocabulary. It's empty. There is nothing there. Every word is a swear word. 'Fuck you damn asshole,' someone once said to me in New York. What kind of language is this?"
      I began to laugh, too. "You are right, we are the original cocooneers. But this is not an original American paradigm. That idea of a people's isolation into their own cocoons was invented in ancient times, by ancient priests, for imperial purposes. The marriage institution created those cocoons. Take one woman and one man and spin a cocoon around them. That is the game, and woe to anyone who dares to poke a hole through this web. Whenever this happened in ancient ages, it was death penalty time. Of course we don't do this anymore. Nevertheless, western paradigms are build on the same cocoonization. Hobbes affirms this. He says the principle of love doesn't apply outside of the cocoon. What is outside, isn't a part of your world. You mustn't concern yourself with it, unless you are a pirateer. It's OK to be a pirateer, because that isn't a part of your world. So it is OK to rape and plunder. Get a fleet of pirate ships and rob the world, provided that you are strong enough to do it. That is Hobbes speaking."
      "We need a cultural paradigm shift out of this cocoonization," said the Chinese woman, the only woman in the room. "But what shall we shift back to?"
      "The closest platform that we have," I said to the woman, "in terms of world-constitutional principles, that we can revert back to, are still the principles of universal love and universal sovereignty that were put on the map in 1648 with the Treaty of Westphalia. That's a challenging proposition in social terms. This challenge has never been met in all of human history. But it is possible to meet this challenge. It took us fourteen years to do this in our own little private world, but we have proven that it can be done. It was done by us on the principle of the reverse paradigm shift. The principle of the reverse shift has been used many times to rebuild the world after it had been destroyed. It was used by Roosevelt in 1932, to get America back to the American intellectual tradition. It was used by George Washington and Alexander Hamilton in 1787 to 1791, to shift America out of the mire of colonialism, back to the best European intellectual traditions that lead up to the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia. The same principle of the reverse paradigm shift was also used by the people who created this tradition. They shifted their thinking back to the best intellectual tradition established before them, that was established during the Renaissance. And the Renaissance itself, resulted from a paradigm shift back to the humanist intellectual tradition established during the Greek Classical era. If China needs help to overcome its own cocoonization, both in national terms, and in intellectual terms, we can help. We have fourteen years of experience in exploring this reverse shift development, and how to build on this process. The question is: Do you want our help? The reality is, that you need our help in order to survive, but do you want it? That is the the key question that you need to ask yourself."

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