Facing the Four Winds
Universal Love versus Sexual and Political Isolation
By Rolf A. F. Witzsche, with references to The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago
Our modern would is increasingly torn apart by countless issues that go so deep that one can hardly see any light on the horizon. We are isolated by politics, military might, economic power, social status, ethnic background, nationality identity, and at the individual level by wealth, fame, religion, ideology, profession, association, culture, and a whole lot more, especially by our sex by which the whole of mankind is split into two isolated camps. Our sexual isolation and division has roots that go deep, and we find that these roots are being nourished right where we live on our home ground.
While political policies greatly effect the way we live as a society, we are more deeply effected by the way we regard one-another socially, especially when sex becomes the center of it. Rather than addressing its far-flung isolation by going down to the roots of it society has devised policies for contact that merely regulate life in this complex world of our near universal isolation that in many ways led to the deepest and most-violent divisions. Instead of bridging our division and dissolving the isolation we find ourselves on the fast track going in the opposite direction. We have already reached the point that our civilization is in danger of collapsing, and our society with it. We are rushing into a New Dark Age that some have already threatened to turn into "Hundred Years War" laced with unprecedented terror, poverty, and diseases that are already unfolding.
I'm not overstating the case. I wish I were. Many years ago I learned a poem back in my school days of a dialog of "the four winds" discussing among them where they should meet next for their 'joyous' dance. They decided at length to meet at the center span of a great bridge across a canyon, and to meet there at the midnight hour when the last train is crossing. Oh, what a wild dance it would be, a whirl-dance filled with fire and shrieking voices and sounds of breaking steel. And so it was, as the four winds were coming together for their dance from all four directions at once. The poet evidently was thinking of a bridge that was sturdy enough to withstand the strongest storm under the worst condition, but not four of them coming together at once. Unfortunately that is the kind situation that we find ourselves in globally, today, in which our civilization is threatened. The four winds are eerily real.
One of the four winds that is threatening civilization today is the already onrushing global financial and economic collapse. Many great and shiny bubbles of 'hot air' that are celebrated for their 'beauty' are stretched to the breaking point. They are ready to pop just a like soap bubble always pops and disintegrates into a spray of fine mist that blows away with the wind, which no one can put back together again.
Another one of the four winds is the growing threat of nuclear war. We had 65,000 nukes deployed globally in the mid-1980s of which only 20,000 remain deployed with probably an equal stock-pile kept in reserve. However, the deterrent that kept them at bay is wearing thin. The nukes are on the table now, ready to be used. In the mid-1980s we said to ourselves that nobody would be that crazy to actually throw them around. We trusted our existence to the doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction. Now we have many people in power that qualify for the description to be "that crazy." Our mutual destruction is thereby assured.
The third onrushing wind is fascism. Society fought World War II to defeat fascism. But that war was never really won, was it? Fascism remained. World War II had been a contest between killing machines. The contest ended when one killing machine had exhausted the resources for the other. But the fascism that stood behind the killing machines was never defeated. It spread into the Americas. It infested the USA. It swept across Europe into Russia, into Asia, even China. Fascism has become a monster of terror, torture, inhumanity, genocide, financed covertly from high places and from within many hidden empires that need to sow division and destruction to protect the precarious foundation for their existence. The USA appears to be presently set up to be destroyed by its own hands from within, and to vanish from the map of the future as a sovereign nation state, just as the very idea of the sovereign nation state is set up to be eradicated globally.
The fourth onrushing wind, ironically, is not global warming*1 but the return of the Ice Age*2. For nearly two million years the earth has been in a massive deep-freeze environment called the Pleistocene Epoch that is periodically interrupted with interglacial warm climates of short duration, such as we are in today, which is ending. The end of the present interglacial warm climate also spells the end for agriculture that is largely keyed to that warm climate. Mankind has existed for over two million years, but in spite of this long period of development only 1-10 million people inhabited our planet when the last glaciation cycle ended slightly over 10,000 years ago. That minuscule population was all that mankind had been able sustain without agriculture. Now we have 6 billion people living on the earth, going on to 10 billion. The coming Ice age will most certainly wipe us out unless we can create the technological infrastructures for indoor agriculture that would sustain us through the coming 100,000 years of Ice Age conditions. While the construction of these infrastructures is totally possible even on a global scale, we might be heading for disaster, because it will take a hundred years to build them and one sees no commitment towards it. Credible scientists suggest that we might have those hundred years left before the next transition to glaciation begins, but with the world fast asleep dreaming of global warming, who will rescue us from our isolation from reality. Many credible scientists suggest that the dogma of manmade global warming is a fraudulent imperial deception that is designed to prevent society from developing the kind of social and economic renaissance that would be necessary for creating itself the enormously large infrastructures that would assure its future existence but spell the end of all empires.
Since we live presently isolated from our humanity and under the spell of the money of the empires, the return of the Ice Age might overwhelm us, especially now that it is joined by the other three winds. An escape is not likely possible unless we can reverse our deeply moving isolation from our humanity that presently keeps the horizons free for the four winds to blow as the imperials desire who master the blowing winds that threaten our civilization and our existence.
The individual issues that are involved here, that drive the four winds, are far too complex in themselves to be dealt with in a quick discussion in the context of this article, especially since these issues are all too deeply overlaid with layers upon layers of lies. Also the four winds that are threatening our civilization today as never before have been a long way in coming. Empires, and the wars and inhumanity that empires spawn, have been a part of the human scene for at least 4000 years, and already even then the empires and their gushing gore were despised to the point of being labeled, the "Whore of Babylon." For 4000 years society has fought against that whore with few successes. Already 3700 years ago the famous reformer Hammurabi had struggled to put some curbs on the excesses of the whore and its barbarism. But nobody has ever really won that fight and secured a victory for mankind. A little light was seen during the Greek Classical Period of Homer, Solon, and the Pythagorean Society and so on, but this dawning light was quickly crushed by the sophistry of Pericles and the seventy years of destruction of the Peloponnesian War. Plato and Socrates worked to restore that lost culture and to extend it further. While his effort created a bright era that became the precursor for the Christian era, no real victory was ever won by either development. Instead a new darkness descended towards an endless seeming night that became the Dark Ages, spearheaded by the Roman Empire and a whole string of other whorehouses that followed in its wake.
The long period of the unfolding Dark Ages was first interrupted by the Islamic Renaissance near the end of the first millennium, and then again in the 14th Century in Europe by the Golden Renaissance, and then once more by the second European Renaissance of the 17th Century that was centered on the Peace of Westphalia, the spark of light in which the USA was founded. Apart from these few bright periods that are all too rare, mankind has been on a loosing streak. We are presently entrenched in that loosing streak as never before. In the onrushing tragedies that are now converging on us the few victories that mankind has achieved over the ages in its periods of renaissance stand out as important sparks that inspire hope for us that we may yet win our victory over the whore and its wars that has evaded humanity's grasp for 4000 years. Those bright sparks from our periods of renaissance that should inspire us today, are all sparks that have a common universal principle that is evidently still valid today. But what is a universal principle?
The discovery of universal principles has been slow in coming. For example, a long period of scientific development lies between the casual recognition that all objects fall to the ground and the discovery of the Principle of Universal Gravitation. No, it wasn't Newton who discovered the Principle of Universal Gravitation, though he was hit on the head by a falling apple. The Principle of Universal Gravitation was discovered by Johannes Kepler long before Newton was even born. The principles that Kepler discovered now enables us to land on the moon, as we did in 1969, and to get there with such an accuracy in planning that we could touch down on the lunar surface confidently with only 30 seconds worth of fuel left in the landing vehicle. That achievement resulted from the power of discovered universal principles.
The discovery of the underlying principles of civilization that combines every bright period of history has a similarly long unfolding and came to light with an equally profound promise. The brightest of these discoveries of principles came to light in connection with the Treaty of Westphalia that ended the Thirty Years War in 1648. This profound treaty was built the recognition of a principle that might be called the Principle of the Advantage of the Other. This principle created not only a period of peace. It also created the foundation for modern civilization. The Westphalia principle became reflected in the founding principle of the U.S. laid down in its constitution that might be termed the Principle of the General Welfare. In this manner, if one looks at all the bright periods of renaissance in a wide overview fashion ,an underlying principle comes to light that might be called the Principle of Universal Love.
"Oops," you might say, "that's impossible! Universal love is regarded as treason in the social world, especially in the realm of marriages."
Indeed, the challenge that the Principle of Universal Love puts on the table is wide and enormous, but if one looks deeper there exists a natural foundation for it that reflects the simple fact that we are all human beings together, universally, with a common humanity and a common universal human soul, so to speak. The more one peels away the extraneous layers, which are all artificial in nature, that isolate us from one-another, the more the universality of our humanity is coming to light. The scientific process of discovery along this line naturally involves great challenges, especially social challenges, but it also promises breakthroughs in the protection and advance of civilization that appear to be totally impossible on any other platform.
The great depth of this challenge came to light for me when I began to explore the dimension of the Principle of Universal Love in a novel to see how it might unfold in social sphere, especially at the grassroots level, including in the sexual domain. It is a fact of history that every period of renaissance has ended at some point when its achievements were crushed again. After that things became worse. The evident reason for that failure is that the profound principles that these periods of renaissance were built on weren't accepted deeply enough. They weren't deemed relevant at the grassroots level of society's social and even sexual relationships. With this background in mind the resulting exploration of the Principle of Universal Love in my novels turned out to be so surprisingly wide and profound that my discovery project that started as a single novel became a series of twelve novels that I gave the overall title, The Lodging for the Rose.*3
The idea for this literary effort came to me in the mid-1980s when the Cold War doomsday clock stood at but minutes to midnight. The unfolding project to present a daring discovery of the Principle of Universal Love became like a 'dance.' The 'dance' might have been inspired in part by a similar kind of 'dance' in the visual arts where the focus was placed on rolling back the isolation of woman in society that has been built up over many centuries. Obviously, this rolling back of a built up isolation in society applies also to the isolation of society itself from its humanity.
In this context, rather than speaking of my own work, I would like to pay tribute to the world-renowned artist, Judy Chicago, who uplifted society to some degree with her unique kind of dance in the arts that raised the awareness of women's issues and women's art, and with it an awareness of the hypocrisy in society's sexual isolation and its isolation from its humanity in the lager sense. I believe this tribute is essential.
Judy Chicago brought together a team of over 20 researchers that probed the pages of history for 999 women of achievement. From these 39 were selected as guests for Judy Chicago's art installation in form of a 'dinner party.'*4 She created a triangular table for her dinner party according to the three distinct periods in society's relationship with is women. Each side of the triangular table represents one of these periods. The first side represents the very early period beginning at pre-history and ending with the Greek Classical period. Throughout this era women were revered, some as goddesses. Then came the darker era extending onward from the start of the Christian era into the Dark Age of religious wars, crusades, genocide, terror, and persecution. The second side represents that Dark Age in which the status of women was trashed along with everything else that is human. The third side represents the modern period from the 17th Century on in which countless women struggled to reverse the isolating trend that had forced the women of society into the background, which had been so devastating to women and to society as a whole.
The 39 women that are brought together as guests for The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago all share a common table together as one, as we celebrate their achievements and the achievements of women in general. However The Dinner Party is also a party that society as a whole is invited to. Judy Chicago has created a unique place setting for each of the 39 women, all lavishly laid out on the large dinner table. Each place setting is further highlighted with an uniquely painted porcelain plate that bares an image that symbolically represents the nature of the individual woman that is thereby honored. The resulting installation presents in this manner an invitation to society to 'eat' from each one of the women's plates and thereby to 'nourish' itself with the substance of her achievements and her contributions to the development of mankind and civilization.
At this point Judy Chicago becomes 'deliciously' daring. The images that she painted on the woman's plates to represent their individual nature are all designed to be symbolic of both a butterfly and a woman's vulva. The complexity of this symbolism evolves throughout the series, plate by plate and side by side. It begins with a simple soft vulva-image to represent the primordial goddess of prehistory. The series of plates ends 38 images later with the deeply sculpted and anatomically expressive image of the vulva for the final place setting that represent Geogia O'Keeffe, an outspoken artist of the budding fight in the 1800s for the universal recognition of the equality of women.
In this sense Judy Chicago invites society to not only 'nourish' itself with the profound achievements wrought by the women represented at the table, and with them all women, but she invites society also to 'eat' of their vulva, of their womanhood. In so doing Judi Chicago invites society to acknowledge to itself that it already does the very thing in real terms in its near universal sexual practice that she symbolically invites society to do. She thereby invites society to acknowledge that the entire sexual isolation that has isolated the woman in society and pushed her into the background for centuries, is a myth. Judy Chicago forcefully demonstrates that the sexual isolation that relegates women into the background is a myth by the simple fact that countless people throughout society lovingly and joyously 'eat' their vulva, both men and women. This fact has been confirmed in surveys. A large number of sexually active women that answered a survey*5 indicated that 'eating' off a woman's vulva is the most enjoyable sexual interaction they know and is the most widely practiced.
In other words, the self-isolation of society that has been engineered over many centuries, which resulted in the most deeply cutting sexual division of society that one can imagine, is a myth. The myth also renders every other form of isolation in society likewise a myth, including our political, ethnic, and religious isolation and the resulting violent divisions. These prevailing divisions belie the fact that we are all human beings together and share universally a common humanity and a common universal human soul. Judy Chicago demonstrates with her work with a 'delicious' irony that society's countless forms of isolation and division, no matter how time-honored they may be, are basically nothing more than just hypocrisy.
Am I saying with this reference to the dinner party that it takes an honest woman to teach us men that we are hypocrites? No, I'm not saying that at all. It appears that Judi Chicago is challenging the whole of society together, because everybody, woman as well as men, fell into the trap of a self-isolation that has led to ever-deeper divisions throughout the world, many of which have been carefully cultivated. It is now deemed socially normal for human beings to live in isolation, and to practice this isolation also politically, and so on. In her unique way, Judy Chicago is challenging the entire self-isolation of mankind, even while much of it is rooted in imperial motivation that even now only a few dare to recognize. Nevertheless, her project, The Dinner Party, started a cultural uplifting in society that might be more extensive than what appears of it on the surface, and not just for women. Also, her work unfolded at a time when it was most needed, both politically and culturally.
Her determination to do something profound to reverse the isolation of women, and possibly also the isolation of society from itself, began to unfold in her thoughts as far back as 1971. This was also the time when banner headlines were strung across the world that proclaimed that the Earth has cancer and that this cancer is mankind. The image of the human being was being violently trashed at this time, as never before. The year 1971 was also the year in which the Bretton-Woods world-finical system was wrecked by imperial demands in order that the nation's national currencies could be used as private gambling chips by an imperial oligarchy that subsequently leached enormous profits out of the nations' currencies, causing social consequences that are not easily repaired. The world became looted to the bone in this manner while the image of mankind was being trashed simultaneously. Judy Chicago might not have been consciously aware of this trend that began in parallel with her unfolding idea for uncovering the growing isolation of mankind from its humanity. Nevertheless her idea unfolded against this historic background that became a trend that is now wrecking our civilization.
The physical work for The Dinner Party project itself began in 1974. The project took 5 years to complete. Those years were a time of intense creativity with the glow of an unfolding universal love that is evident throughout the project. Sadly, however, this same timeframe also brought to light a number of political movements that are the very opposite in their nature and effect.
One of these political projects that Judy Chicago's efforts tend to counteract was a two-pronged depopulation travesty that came to light as the first ever world population conference held in Bucharest in 1974 and America's NSSM-200 policy that likewise began in 1974. The Bucharest conference had been built on the notion that the human population is a cancer that must be contained. The American NSSM-200 policy went one step further and defined Third World population growth as a security thereat to the USA on the premise that the developing nations would be using up their natural resources for themselves, which the imperials demand must be preserved for their future needs. Consequently Africa became one of the first major targets for controlled depopulation with the result that AIDS erupted in Africa a few years later in the shadow of this policy. While it is impossible to determine if and to what extend Judy Chicago's effort to counteract the isolation of society from its humanity had an effect on thwarting the depopulation travesty, it is nevertheless interesting to note that her healing effort coincided with the emergence of an extremely dangerous political trend. Had her efforts been 100% successful to the fullest possible extend the NSSM-200 policy for the destruction of Africa might have been avoided, so that the 25-million AIDS deaths that occurred might not have happened, including the future deaths that are yet to come until the disease is arrested. But can we say that her efforts had no effect at all? I don't think we can say this either. They might have had a major effect in spite of it all. Whatever counteracts the isolation of society from its humanity does have an uplifting effect on civilization.
The timeframe in which Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party was created also covered the period in which the DDT ban and the manmade-global-warming hoax were both unleashed. That DDT ban that was imposed for purely political reasons and no scientific imperative at all is now killing more than a million people a year in Africa alone, most of them children. While this horrendous death toll is nevertheless small in comparison with the global death toll from imposed poverty, the genocidal effect of the manmade-global-warming hoax promises to be still far more deadly than both horrors combined. It promises a horror show beyond anything we've ever seen or imagined. The manmade-global-warming hoax has been perpetrated in order to prevent the new renaissance from emerging that would result if society would prepare itself for the return of the Ice Age that looms like a dark shadow over mankind's near future.
And so, without perhaps being consciously aware of it, Judy Chicago has put her art on the line in a powerful manner to help roll back the increasing isolation of society from its humanity that we find so deeply reflected in all of these areas. What she did now stands before us as a monumental challenge. She was almost 'shrieking' then through her work, to the blinded eyes and the deafened ears of society, saying, "You fools, can't you see your hypocrisy!"
Well, maybe a few people saw what she had laid before society. Evidently some people did see something, but far too few did. And so, because of society's general lack in its response to her outcry the collapse of civilization that began in those very days continues unabated and is accelerating. Judy Chicago had invited mankind to 'dance' with her in celebration of our humanity, but far too few have heeded her invitation. Thus we all remain increasingly isolated from our humanity, which makes the resulting divisions in our present world evermore severe. The current world-financial system is already bankrupt and is hanging by the finest thread, budging with debt. The debt stands as a liability against the western economies that no longer produce much of anything, but have become a liability themselves. We need a global bankruptcy reorganization before the house falls down, in order to keep people alive, pensions paid, wages protected, industries operating, and to give ourselves the needed credits to rebuild our lost industries that we must have back in order to get society on its feet again with universally affordable housing, transportation, clothing, food, and so on. Unfortunately nothing of the sort is happening, is it? And it won't be happening for as long as society remains isolated from its humanity as human beings.
Even the threat of war is more severe now than it has ever been throughout all history. We face worse consequences today than those that we feared from a nuclear war. On December 23, 2005, The Korea Times*6 published a few figures from a US dossier of August 2003 that contains the number of dirty uranium bombs that were pre-positioned at this time at three U.S. Air Force bases in Korea. The Times listed 2.7 million DU bombs located in Korea, plus 300,000 located in Japan, for a total of 3 million DU bombs.
Chances are that the published figures are vastly inflated. One would hope that they are. Most likely, though, the opposite might likely be the case as many more DU bombs would surely have been added over the more than three years since the dossier's the date of the publication. Also, considering that Korea is a small place compared to the Middle East, it stands to reason that many time more DU bombs would be pre-positioned at the over twenty U.S. Air Force bases in the Middle East, with their numbers probably ranging upwards into the tens of millions. The likelihood for such large stockpiles is probably extremely high since DU bombs are inexpensive to produce.
The DU bombs, or depleted uranium bombs, as they are called, utilize the uranium residue from spent nuclear reactor fuel or fuel processing, which was once considered a waste product that is expensive to store. Now it is considered a cheap resource to be put into bombs. When the DU bombs are used the uranium is vaporized into particles smaller than the wavelength of light. Being so small, there are a vast numbers of them filling the air, most of them end up suspended in the air for long periods where they are transported around the world by the air currents. Nevertheless, no matter how small these particles are, they remain radioactive with a life span that exceeds the few billion years that our planet is believed to remain inhabitable. Since the minuscule radioactive particles are a part of the air now that we all inhale, we invariable inhale a number of these radioactive particles with every breath. As the particles accumulate in the body a few of them might get inside our body's living cells and upset the delicate chemical balances there and inflict damage to the DNA chains. The result of this radiation attack is a long list of cancers and diseases that exceeds 90 types so far, in addition to all the horrendous birth defects that are too horrible to describe. The big question to doctors is no longer, will the baby be a boy or a girl, but will it be normal. In some areas birth defects have increased 10 to 20-fold and cancers 20 to 50-fold. Even in the USA that is far from the theaters of war, the lung cancer rate has increased 6-fold, as reported by CNN in March 2006, pertaining to the first two months of that year. Diabetes is exploding with similarly increases over the time span since DU weapons have been in use, rising from 30 million cases worldwide to 230 million cases. While no smoking gun evidence is possible that would link the increases to DU, because of the minuscule particle sizes, the coincidence in timing suggest that such a link exists.
Since the worldwide radiation from the relatively small-scale DU bombing to date cannot be rolled back, mankind simply has to cope with these increased horrors for all times to come which have already caused unspeakable tragedies. The radiation we've put into the environment is there to stay, and we'll have to live with it from now on since we can't leave out planet and get away from it. There simply is no place in the universe that we could escape to in order to get away from the results of our present folly. And even with all of that considered, today's society has allowed itself to become so insanely isolated from its innate humanity that it is prepared to let the potentially 100-fold increase happen, of the radioactive pollution of our planet that appears to have already been pre-positioned. While the imperial goal might be to keep the planned DU radiation-destruction focused on Russia, China, and India, which are the old historic imperial targets, the prepared-for wave of DU killing promises to be of an intensity that no one will likely survive anywhere on the planet. That's the real danger in our present age that has become an age of creeping insanity. We truly have become isolated from our humanity into dream worlds filled with fantasies that have nothing to do with down to earth human living.
As things stand today we won't likely see any reversal of the DU danger happening for as long as we remains so deeply isolated from our humanity that the already prepared for possible extinction of our own kind raises barely few eyebrows instead. There should be commitment forthcoming to eradicate the DU danger and other such dangers in a crash-program type fashion. Unfortunately this reversal won't happen until our current isolation from our humanity is resolved with some rich measures of truth and universal love.
Whether we get out of our present collective trap alive is beyond anybody's ability to forecast. The critical choices are clear. They have been clear for centuries, and have been ignored for centuries. They are still being ignored. Fascism reigns supreme instead, and more so than ever. Instead of society building affordable housing for its habitation, more and more houses are being bulldozed to the ground in military atrocities, or are bombed to smithereens while society looks on, or housing is priced out of range altogether so that people are forced to live under bridges or in the open, etc.. Also, we still make war today and wage it with ever-more giant engines for mass destruction while we can't spare a dime to prevent hunger in the world.
It's the same age-old story, isn't it, the same song that has been played over and over like a broken record by almost the whole society of mankind? We allow the looting of nations in the name of freedom. We profit from the enslavement of the poor in the name of greed. We kill, torture, terrorize, destroy and imprison one-another in the name of what we call, security. We human beings alone do all of this, to one-another. The horrors in our world are not inflicted on us by alien beings from other worlds. We do this to ourselves and call the travesty a civilization. We are miles off course today from where we should be as a society of human beings. It appears that we have actually convinced ourselves that we are not really human.
The tragic delusion that we suffer from is the natural outcome of our self-isolation from our humanity that has been cultivated for millennia, which we now find hard to reverse. Nevertheless, the task remains for us to get our humanity back and to do it quickly before time runs out. This critical task has been put onto our plate and remains there for us to master in the time that we have left before all is lost.
Thus the final question is, will we succeed and become human again, or will we blow ourselves up or poison our world beyond repair? I personally think that we still have a chance to succeed. The one thing that comes to light repeatedly in the unfolding pages of my series of novels, The Lodging for the Rose,*3 is that the demands of the Principle of Universal Love may be challenging in countless different ways and may be hard to deal with, but promise beyond their challenge to unfold into the sparkle of a great gem that is precious for its own brilliance as it brings our humanity back to light. And that promise, including what we may already realize of it, outshines all the challenges that lead up to it posed by the Principle of Universal Love. That great promise might also outshine the mortal dangers that appear to be greater today than at any time in history, with the whole of mankind is now facing that danger. But with the promise that flows from the Principle of Universal Love our hope remains. It remains, because the fact remains that a diamond that has fallen in to the mud remains a diamond still. It remains ready to shine once the mud is rinsed away and the gem is placed back into the sunshine. America is that diamond; mankind is too; we all are!
*1 - No Manmade Global Warming
*2 - The Return of the Ice Age
*3 - The Lodging for the Rose - a series of novels exploring the Principle of Universal Love
*4 - The Dinner Party - an art installation by Judy Chicago
*5 - survey into women's sexual behavior
*6 - Korea Times, 12/23/05 - US dossier on DU bombs pre-possitioned