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

Story 25 - The Hydrology of Poyang Hu.
page 192


      "This is our opportunity," said Dagmar. "This is the flank where we can cut through and break the chain of denials and self-denials, and the resulting divisions among humanity, and the isolation and self-isolation, and whatever comes with them. If people want to be honest with themselves in the sexual domain, and with one another in this domain, we must help them," she said to Jacky. "We must help them, because when a breakthrough is achieved there, whereby a trend is being established, that trend will likely spill over into the political, economic, and international arenas. That's how we can touch the untouchable domain and open it up to reality."
      She assured Jacky that the cost of starting such a trend right around the world is relatively slight. "In fact, the cost for pursuing such a project is minuscule in comparison to the cost of conducting a war, while the outcome is potentially so positive that it is almost guaranteed. We have a win-win situation here," she said to Jacky.
      She explained to Jacky that China should be the driving force for such a project, and that it should be a literary and cultural project. She explained that the reason why China should be the logical driver is two-fold. One reason is that China knows from recent history how devastating a nation's self-isolation can be. She suggested that China would therefore be more inclined to address such a problem. She reminded Jacky how horribly China had been attacked and destroyed in recent history, again and again, since the beginning of the opium wars, so that China wouldn't want to go through that again. She told him that her second reason for China taking the lead in staging such an important cultural project, is located in China's long cultural history of thousands of years, which gives China the kind of credibility that is necessary for such a project to be readily accepted around the world.
      Here Dagmar laid out for Jacky how the project should unfold. She pointed out to Jacky that the project should be a literary project, as she had already indicated, because great literary achievements have the power to eradicate false axioms and elevate people's perceptions of themselves and of one another. She also pointed out to Jacky that this literary project must have a global dimension, because it addresses a global crisis build on a global problem. She pointed out that no one of humanity is not involved in this project, because of the global scale and the severity of the problem. "We are all involved," she said, "either by being a part of the solution, or by suffering the consequences if no solution is forthcoming.
      Dagmar also pointed out to Jacky that it is perfectly clear to her what the focus of the literary project must be, that it must develop honesty with oneself, beginning at the sexual dimension where a desire already exists to develop that honesty. She suggested that a project of this nature has the potential to unfold into some rather beautiful, profound, and far reaching developments, with unfolding forms of freedom that may never have existed before.
      She turned to Jacky. "If China, possibly with the assistance of India, Russia, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain, and others, were to sponsor this project as a literary competition in every single one of the hundred most populous countries on earth, offering prices that reflects the urgency of the situation, then the whole makeup of the world could be uplifted in a short period of time." She suggested that if a top price were to be offered in each country, in the $100,000 range, a lot of things will begin to move."
      She told Jacky that a budget, equivalent to a hundred billion U.S. dollars might be sufficient to cover the entire cost, including the cost of cross translating the top achievements. She suggested to Jacky that this cost may seem great, but is really minuscule when compared to the world's military expenditures, even those that are incurred without fighting a war. "In real terms," she said, "the cost is a pittance when compared to what humanity gains by saving its existence and its civilization, which are both presently in doubt."

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