If we do not wish to be coerced by fatal
disasters into changing our way of living and our political goals,
we urgently need to analyse the global developments concerning life
on this planet. By so doing we will arrive at a theory which is
in harmony with nature and which people can relate to - which due
to its inherent plausibility will be attractive enough to form the
starting point for purposive action.
In outlining this vision [I] and showing
up its roots and inherent connections [II] I hope to make it easy
to relate to and thus bring it closer to concrete realisation. The
assertions here presented are open to being either refuted or confirmed.
Both Religion and the Natural Sciences, each claiming to pronounce
truth in their respective domains, are called upon to advance constructive
contributions, as is each individual seeking to comprehend the meaning
of Humanity or Being Human.
It is a vision of man and woman cooperating as equals, a vision
of an end to the lack of feeling that marks the patriarchal system
all over the world. It is a vision of the emergence of empathy concerning
the value of living together, a vision of the beginning of global
It is a vision of the end of a deadly power
struggle which is still being excused with the argument that fighting
for reproductive advantage were a natural animal instinct (whilst
on the other hand man imagines himself as being far superior to
the animals and no longer determined by Nature!).
In this vision humans rediscover their predestined
human identity. After millennia of seemingly being cut off, they
at last find peace not only amongst each other but as well with
Nature as such. Furthermore, through realising the deadly threat
to all higher life forms in consequence of an inhumane system of
values and aspirations, they are forced to expand their mental horizon.
The morbid conception of 'being-separate-from-
each-other', of 'being-different-from' or 'superior-to' others,
with all its deadly consequences, is the result of a bipolar friend/foe,
black/white, good/evil mentality - an initial stage of the human
maturing process which needs to be left behind. From the starting
point of human diversity each individual is able to make their own
and special contribution to "the Whole".
The recognition of the common origin of
all planetary life forms and the knowledge that identical physical
laws apply to the entire universe will lead us to an acceptance
of our own specifically human responsibility.
The act of humans ceasing to hand over their
own responsibility to "Fate" or "Divine Will"
spells the end also for the impotence of the oppressed. The conscious
rejection of the principle of domination and power in favour of
universal cooperation in the interest of all will release a much-needed
potential which is so far only being misused for propping up the
entrenched unfairness system called "world economic order".
This is a system which, in the name of humanity
or supposed progress - if not a misunderstood 'divinely willed natural
order' -, materially benefits and enriches a minority at the expense
of a global increase in poverty and homelessness, and in which an
increasing variety of life forms is falling prey to rampant greed
for profit and power.
In its morbid delusion this unfairness system goes so far as to
imagine itself being without an alternative! In this way it is trying
to raise itself to the level of the Divine: as being unique in its
goodness and demanding unconditional faith. By its High Priests
in the International Monetary Fund, in the W.T.O., the World Bank,
the World Economic , the E.U. and other organisations, Capital is
being chosen as the one and only Saviour, and by its vasalls, the
politicians of the various nations, empowered to displace the growing
disposition towards social responsibility.
Social responsibility is the result of a
historical development from the beginnings of rational thought via
the catchphrase "liberté - egalité - fraternité!"
up to efficient social systems caring for the sick, the elderly
and the needy. The fact that this responsibility, long since achieved
in the wealthy nations through persistent struggle, has of late
been totally subjected to Capital's striving for profit maximizing,
must be regarded as a huge step backwards. In the guise of neo-liberalism
and globalisation, the elitist beneficiaries of Capital are gambling
away humanity's achievements of the last centuries. Nor is anyone
safe any longer from the machinations of these international profiteers:
the social situation of those living on the fringe - the majority
of the world's population - is becoming increasingly desperate.
Amid the general impoverishment, ideas like
subsidiarism and solidarity are gaining a foothold. They relate
to wholistic, pre-patriarchal traditions where, as is the case today,
women were bearing the main burden of social survival - with the
decisive difference that in those times, unlike today, their achievement
was universally recognised.
The meander has been known for ages in many cultures as a symbol
for the sequence of generations. Its corner points give an inkling
of the genetic substance DNA. Apart from the well-known analogy
of meander and DNA in regard to content, the drawing gives an indication
of their hidden structural analogy. Only through science a few decades
ago uncovering the molecular structure of the DNA has the information
hidden within the meander become understandable.
Mysterious and confusing as Nature and our
existence may appear, their complexity should not deter us from
looking out for clear and simple connections. In the following I
shall try to draw attention to some of these basic inherent connections
so we can perceive their meaning and deduce from it some kind of
orientation for the future.
Building upon elementary physical forces,
basic laws and constants we can observe a development from the simple
to the manifold and complex: from the basic components of matter
and energy, the quarks, leptons, bosons via the protons, neutrons,
electrons right up to the atomic structure of the elements, - from
the individual atoms up to the crystal or metal structure, from
the individual atoms up to the molecular structure of the genetic
substance DNA, - to the tissue structures of the plant and animal
kingdom, and also from the individual atoms up to the physical and
psychological structures of humans: - the development always runs
from the simple to the highly complex.
As these examples show, the development
from one step to the next not only results in a "more",
but always as well in a "more and different". Besides
quantity it is also quality which develops. In this general given
context, the view that such a development of increasing quality
and complexity should end with humans seems rather naive.
Notwithstanding the variety apparent in the individual elements
of the total development - both in the temporal sequence and horizontally
at any given time -: all of them are subject to the same universal
laws. With regard to life as such, a further unifying factor may
be observed, namely, the passing on of information from one individual
to another through the physical structures of the DNA.
The highly complex molecular structures
of the genetic information from the beginning of Life up until today
are to a large part identical, and where they do differ, still compatible.
In the debates about genetic technology this aspect has so far remained
unnoticed. The arbitrary artificial changing of sequences of genetic
information may quite possibly render such information incompatible
with regard to the manipulated sections. The consequences for Life
as such are totally unforeseeable. Nor is anything known about the
metabolism of - be it manipulated or not - DNA absorbed via the
Life has been directed from its beginnings
by the information stored within the molecules of the DNA. With
the development of the central nervous system, in particular the
neurons in the brain as well as the cerebrum, it created for itself
a new medium capable of learning. To begin with, the high point
of this development was the formation of Instinct.
The DNA is undoubtedly subject to the physical
laws of nature, and the same may be said of animal instinct. Spontaneous
alterations such as mutations will either prove their worth within
the system of the Whole by enriching it, or else, where they endanger
the foundations of living together, will soon eliminate themselves.
Instinct not only serves the preservation of the individual but
also that of the entire species and, over and above this, the living
together in nature.
A most vital new phenomenon come about through
the continuing development of the human brain is the emergence of
free will. This has created a completely novel situation. For the
first time in history there exists a creature who on the one hand
by its very nature is totally subject to the natural laws but on
the other hand is not readily willing to acknowledge this. Nature
is thereby taking an extremely high risk, endangering its very own
However, through its learning process covering
thousands of years the newly emerging human being has gained the
opportunity through steady growth in knowledge and awareness to
develop its intrinsic human-ness. By experience humans are able
to learn to understand, accept and observe all those laws which
serve the maintaining of their own existence as well as the continuance
of life around them. Through the continued growth of the cerebrum
in the anthropoids, an immaterial medium of information has arisen
in man. On the mental level we here find in close competition the
various stages of consciousness, rational thought, the languages,
the cultures, ideologies and religions.
Besides the expansion of creativity the
freedom from being guided by the DNA or by instinct has also had
a most negative effect. It paves the way for trouble arising from
ignorance which, as is shown by the dark side of history up to the
present day, may even culminate in wilful destruction. The separation
from the state of securely being guided if not controlled in the
interest of the living Whole (Fromm calls it 'biophilia') creates
in man a kind of vacuum. This inner emptiness can later take the
form of an 'emotional deficit' if at birth certain primary natural
needs of the young human are no longer being fulfilled.
Whereas all animals, even our nearest relatives
in the animal kingdom, instinctively know how to behave, we alienated
humans, far removed from the natural knowledge of ancient cultures,
no longer realise that the trauma of birth needs to be alleviated
through continuous close touch between the parent and the new-born
infant. The pain of being separated from being one with the mother,
from the accustomed warmth, the accustomed comforting sounds of
the mother's breathing and heartbeat, can prevent a positive imprint
in the new-born. Moreover, the sense of being alone, oftentimes
covered over by crying and whimpering, leaves no room for the innate
instinctual trust to develop. The development of a healthy sense
of social belonging is impeded and the experienced deprivation may
cause the natural need for support and security to degenerate into
the extremes of anxiety, greed, addiction or emotional frigidity
('necrophilia', as Fromm calls it).
With humankind's freedom there emerged for
the first time an energy capable of independent thought. It forever
confronts us with the essential choice: Will I be in alignment with
the system of Nature, or in opposition to it?
The more human individuals in the interest
of their continued growth manage to stop staring at partial achievements
and particular interests manifested in the course of history, the
more closely they remain aligned to their inner centre where they
will regain the vision of the Whole. Many indigenous societies intuitively
master this technique of letting go.
Their trance experiences induced through
dancing, drugs or meditation have a centering effect through connecting
and harmonising the rational, more recently evolved aspect of being-human
with the, in the history of the species more ancient, emotional
In the process of human living and learning, joy and well-being
are our rewards, whereas suffering, neediness and pain constitute
important warnings of developments going wrong.
Human reasoning's tendency to consider as
absolute what are only partial findings, the stagnation of knowledge
through dogmatising as well as greed for power at all costs are
the obstacles blinding us with regard to what needs to be done.
They impede the further development of humanity and its ability
to find a way out of the self-created predicament. For as long as
discomfort and pain are suppressed or subordinated to special interests,
no wrong course of action will be corrected and dead-end paths will
continue to be pursued. In pursuit solely of our own interests we
fail to notice the suffering we humans have been, and still are,
causing on this planet. Were this not so, we would all be screaming
with pain, non-stop, and would devote all our energies to a closure
of this quarry of death that we call life.
In the context of these ideas it seems plausible
to assume that the products of rational thought, our ideas right
up to the various world views and ideologies, must also be subject
to those laws which brought them into being. Whatever is being thought
can no longer be a matter of indifference. The quality of our thinking
directly affects the quality of our life. Culture
and philosophy, ideology or religion
- in view of the complex interrelationships coming to light, their
teachings and assertions must be able to be assessed with the wellbeing
of the totality of Nature in mind. No longer can they live in conceited
isolation with impunity, without negative consequences for everyone
involved. For these days, the human potential transcends all boundaries.
There is no longer any place on this planet that remains unknown
and thus safe from humans.
With regard to the social dimension this
poses an urgent task for alienated humanity. Unless it wants to
forego its own basis of living - or better: survival, it will need
to learn to adapt to the continuity of Nature as a unified Whole.
There is as yet no generally accepted blueprint
for a society committed to safeguarding the Whole, not to mention
its survival. The hierarchical structures of the world's population
continue to serve solely particularised interests of certain individuals
or individual groups. In this endeavour they even turn a blind eye
to the large-scale destruction of their own species and its base
for survival. This has widely led to a general condemnation of hierarchies.
As long as they continue to disregard the welfare of the Whole,
failing to secure for it a viable future whilst pursuing their individual
concerns at others' expense, they lack all credibility: they will
need to be resisted and changed.
Humanity alone is free to serve that "vital
system", the Earth - the rest of Nature, lacking free will,
is fixated to it through genetical or instinctual imprint.
The full potential of human creativity will
only unfold in voluntary ("freely willed") service to
the Whole. This does not mean that the overcoming of human destructiveness
through the voluntary limiting of our free will must necessarily
result in empty boredom. Certainly there will be less waste of time
with products of a leisure industry subservient to the whims of
consumers at the cost of precious resources and a clean environment.
However, the gain will undoubtedly be an improved quality of life
as well as more spare time through more meaningful work.Time which
will then be used for relaxed idleness or active meditation, for
conscious rest as well as responsible enjoyment or cheerful celebration
in joyous harmony with others.
My thanks to Mathias Vetter and Maike Varenkamp
& Co. for their constructive contributions.
here is more on the subject: http://emanzipationhumanum.de/english/titels.html#1
The only solution I see is if government based on exploitation and
destruction of nature is replaced by people who want there to be
further human reproduction beyond the next hundred years. The first
step would be to ban harmful industrialization, focus on food production
and distribution, encourage communication systems for cooperative
efforts, set population limits and use as little natural resources
Next we would need education beyond the extent of creating mindless
consumers, and teach the values of life and interdependance without
using dividers such as religion and isms.