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 154

      I pointed out that LaRouche doesn't exist outside of our universal family, called humanity. He is a part of our humanity. His fight is our fight for the principles of universal love and universal sovereignty as a single principle, the principle of civilization. We have the privilege to unite with that man, and not just to save our own skin, but to reestablish the principle of civilization for our posterity and to advance its cause for the benefit of all future generations. This the privilege of love in the highest sense, in which we find ourselves to be truly human.
      "And still, we must take the LaRouche issue one step further," I said to the audience. I pointed out that LaRouche is over eighty years old: he may die soon; indeed, he will die in the due course of a human being. "But will this eventuality end the necessary fight for civilization?" I asked. "The principles that he stands for are universal principles. They are our principles. The foundation for the Peace of Westphalia is also our foundation. The unity of the principles of universal love and universal sovereignty must live in us, because it is the foundation for our civilization. It must live in all of us and be supreme, because the human being is the supreme being in this universe of ours."
      I pointed out that when Franklin Roosevelt called the world-leaders together to establish the Bretton Woods post-war monetary system on the principles of civilization, he acted with the authority of the supreme commander of the greatest military and economic power on earth. I suggested that we can go beyond that, that we can make the same call for action by a still higher authority, our authority, the authority of the human being as the supreme being in the universe. "We are supreme," I said to the people, "because the principles of our humanity, the principles of universal love and universal sovereignty drawn together into the principle of civilization, makes us supreme; it uplifts us beyond ourselves, even to the privilege of a love for one another, for ourselves, and for our posterity, in which we find ourselves to be fully human. On this platform, we are supreme. Without it, we amount to nothing. Without it we'll end up as dead as the American economy already is, as western society largely is. The LaRouche process has to be carried forward within us on the platform of our privilege as human beings to live and love, to develop our humanity, to build, create, discover, care, honor, uplift and enrich one another, and to find our happiness in the dimension of being alive on that platform as a human being."
      As some applause developed, I raised my hand to stop it. I wasn't finished. "We must go further than this," I pointed out. "We must recognize LaRouche's leadership in this fight, which is also our own individual fight. Therefore, we need to ask ourselves: What is real leadership?"
      I pointed out that some people are taught to equate leadership with dictatorship, and for good reasons, because most people simply don't know what real leadership is. "Yes, there are many people at leadership positions who are dictators," I said. "These are people with a strong will. Often they are people with little humanity in them, who represent ideologies that push society over the edge. They are usually people who bedazzle society with meaningless speeches, empty promises, and irrational ideals; who lead society into great crises of economic collapse, even war. But this bedazzlement, the kind that can be measured in popularity polls, is not a measure of leadership. Leadership lies elsewhere."
      I pointed out that real leadership is defined by its effect on the development of civilization. I gave an example. "Let's look at the earliest stage of civilization," I suggested. "The first person who utilized the best established intellectual tradition, however faint that might have been at the at the early stages of civilization, discovered and utilized the principle of agriculture, for instance. The person who did this was a real leader. That person utilized the most advanced tradition of thinking that had been developed up to that point, and uplifted society with it to a higher level of physical existence. That person literally created a revolution in living, an uplifted form of civilization. That is how leadership can be measured."

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