Journey Into a
By Rolf A. F. Witzsche
The story behind the writing of the 14 novels
The journey of discoveries unfolded along the path of writing and publishing 14 novels and 13 research books. A journey into a hidden world is always a journey of discovery. The writing of the series of novels largely became that. My experience was that the world turned out to be far different than the world I had set out to write about.
The writing of the novels was prompted by the nightmarish danger of the cold-war standoff coming out of the1970s into the 1980s that we all stood helpless against, facing an uncertain future if not a near certain doom. How does one find a way out of such a crisis? How can one even understand the incomprehensible, in an age in which society is boldly standing at the precipice facing the "MAD" policy of Mutually Assured Destruction? And beyond surviving that, how does one create a better world, not politically, but individually.
It became apparent quite early that the political world typically reflects quite accurately the humanist qualities and their expressions as they individually shape the rivers of civilization. Those tens of thousands of atom bombs that hung over our head in those years hadn't been imposed on mankind by men from Mars or from any other planet. They were built by human beings, one by one, against human beings. Likewise can't we look to anybody else to undo the danger that we've imposed upon ourselves. Here the journey begins, away from the failing world into a New World, a hidden world where the failures of the Old World need to be discovered and corrected on the basis of scientific methods and universal principles.
Of course, stepping away from the familiar world isn't easy, even while this world is failing. But what other choice do we have for setting up a new foundation for a rich and secure civilization that we do have the capacity and resources to create, but which presently exists only in dreams.
In the Beginning
Unlike the great principles by which the Universe exists, which have no beginning in time, our human journey is largely cast within the upper limits of discoveries in moments of truth and their applications, and the lower limits of moments of insanity and their devastating impact on the world and civilization. Of course, we all think we know the Old World well that is failing, as the failures are 'killing' us in so many different ways. My experience has been that we know far too little even of that, because as one ventures deeper into the New World failures of perception from the Old World come to light that one never had suspected to be failures.
Of course it was easy to see that society was failing itself in the 1980s when the nuclear war doomsday clock was adjusted year after year ever closer to the midnight hour, measured in minutes, when in 1985 mankind had 65,000 atom bombs actively deployed against itself, apparently for no good reason and with demonstrated impotence to put an end to the madness.
It wasn't that society didn't protest against war at the time. Great protest movements had been afoot. However, protests rarely ever solve anything, for they are basically cries by society in protest of its own political failures that allowed the underlying causes to take root, and grow, and become a festering disease. Sure, the roots for war were hard to detect in those days, and even harder to deal with. Protesting seemed so much easier as a response.
In order to explore the hidden world below the surface, I began the writing of two novels in the 1980s as a platform for exploring the principles that might have been developed by society to solve its crisis, but which had been missed.
The larger of the two novels, Brighter than the Sun, was started on the traditional platform (traditional at the time) of exploring the vast scope of the physical consequences of the nuclear war madness. However, in order for this to make sense at all, the story is centered on a highly fictional situation in which a single missile is being launched 'accidentally' and for which no retaliatory action is happening. This sort of thing is easily possible in fiction that thereby allows rescue responses to happen, instead of retaliations, so that there is enough left of a functioning world afterwards in which the story can be told and a recovery is possible in order to explore the principles of the human dimension, and also to ask some rather deep questions that cannot be explored otherwise.
The zero distance universe
The smaller novel that I wrote in this context, Flight Without Limits, is designed to explore a totally different critical question of the time, of how fast and how far a human being is able to move mentally. While we are bound to some rather imposing limits in physical movement, such limits should not apply to mental movement where the inertia of mass is not a factor. The idea for this type of exploration, that the novel is centered on, came from an ancient legend of the North America Indian culture. The legend is the story of a magic canoe that enables a person to travel instantly to any desired destination. The potential for instant movement is applied in the novel in the background to a long-distance space exploration to the Alpha Centauri solar system, the closest solar system to our own.
The amazing point in all this is, that when vast distances are crossed in an instance, a zero-distance universe unfolds.
While we will likely never gain the technological capability to break down physical limits, we should certainly have that capacity mentally to create ourselves a zero-distance universe in the social domain. This capacity is explored in the novel Flight Without Limits, by juxtaposing two contrasting environments of social ideology. One represents the unyielding rigidity of the 'normal' world, and the other the pioneering honesty of scientific imperatives that open up amazing and often challenging horizons, and also romantic ones.
Getting closer to our humanity
Both of the above novels have challenging sexual dimensions built in, as they must, since the sexual division of mankind, and the resulting isolation of it from one-another, cuts deeper and for a longer time than the political divisions and their cold-war standoff had done for which those 65,000 nuclear bombs had been manufactured.
In this context it became necessary to start still another novel where the human relationships focus would take the center stage for the exploration of missed principles that are inherent in the failures that plague the larger world on all of its many fronts. This type of exploration is typically the platform of the great literary works of classical tragedy, such as those by William Shakespeare and much later Friedrich Schiller. The classical tragedy points out consistently that the events behind the tragedy are always caused by society's own failure, rather than the failure of its heroes. The classical tragedy thereby urges society to recognize and correct its failure.
However, since modern society is rich in tragic failures, I saw no point in artificially creating more of the same in the new novel. Instead I decided to take one step further and put the focus on exploring how advanced scientific perceptions of universal principles can re-stage our social scene towards the zero-distance landscape where the great division of society and its isolation falls away. In the new novel the scene of social and sexual relationships becomes the front-center issue, while the political failures, challenges, problems, and solutions, are pushed into the background as they are but reflections of what is happening in the foreground.
This unusual approach to exploring the deep issues opened up amazing horizons for exploration, by opening up the scene itself to scientific honesty in contrast with long-cherished axioms, emotions, and traditions. The simple fact that some traditions have remained in control of society for several thousands of years, is no proof of their validity. War has ravished the human scene for at least five millennia by now, but this does not prove its validity nor its inevitable continuance. Many sexual, social, religious, even scientific and economic dogmas fall into the same type of category.
The sexual focus is essential in this context since our sexual nature as human beings creates a complementary attraction by which the human scene is fundamentally harmonizing by design just as the protons and electrons that make up every atom in the physical world, are electrically complementary to each other. In an atom the complementary relationship is so basic to the very existence of the Universe, that without it the Universe simply would not exist. It is highly likely that for similar reasons civilization would not exist without the complementary sexual attraction of men and women. While sexual interaction is essential for procreation, it appears to have the secondary harmonizing function to create the kind of a civilization with a strong social environment in which the offspring becomes a part of a strong, cooperative, and productive social environment that enables it to develop and become productive for the welfare of the whole. History seems to hint at this connection, for in cultures in which this connection is physically inhibited, as with the circumcision and infibulation, great cultural challenges develop with complex economic and political problems. While no empiric evidence is possible, an underlying connection presents itself in the fact that the three cultures that are at war in the Middle East happen to be also the world's main circumcised cultures, with the American component being 70% circumcised, most of which occurred from World War II onward in the shadow of the imperial takeover of America.
By the many aspects that came to light in the research for the novel, this single novel, The Lodging for the Rose, became expanded into a series of novels. Some of the amazing aspects that are threaded through its stories have almost presented themselves to me, without my searching for them. The most amazing of these was the potentially near return of the Ice Age. I was confronted with this challenge almost by force, and this while the world was crying about global warming.
What we call our modern civilization, in which our believes, axioms, emotions, conventions, and traditions have largely developed, is in the larger timeframe of mankind's development but a 'blink of an eye' in terms of mankind's history spanning several million years. Mankind grew up against the background of numerous cyclical ice ages that evidently posed a vast array of natural challenges, of which we know almost nothing. We do know however that we came out of the last Ice Age with just a minuscule world population of about one to ten million people. And even during the resulting post-glacial period of roughly 12,800 years, in which our grand civilization developed, the records that speak of our past only go back approximately three thousand years to the point when written languages came into general use. The resulting period of written records covers only roughly a quarter of the current post-glacial period - the interglacial period called the Holocene Epoch.
Looking at the post-Ice-Age period
Since the timeframe of the written languages is brief in the overall timeframe of human development, and thereby covers only a portion of what is termed biblical history in which many of the doctrines of morality in western society are located, it becomes plainly evident that the doctrines are rooted in cultures where history is dynamically adjusted within the process of telling fireside stories in the shadow of tribal politics, ethnic rivalries, and religious mysticism. The point is that many of the modern doctrines of morality, including those governing sexual and social relations, are essentially historic fiction that saw many a bending and twisting before some of the fiction became written down, and even after it was written down, it was modified again and again until in recent times, primarily under religious doctrine, the historic fiction became elevated to the standard of absolute truth, the Word of God.
Since the resulting fiction-based platform for social relationships is evidently not a fit basis for determining the failures in civilization and its string of ever-greater wars and all the myriad problems that have darkened our world with an ever-greater impact on human living, and life itself, a new standard became deemed essential for exploring ourselves and our potential as a human society. For this new focus the original novel, The Lodging for the Rose, became a series that now comprises 12 episodes. This happened, because the exploration of the subject of what is truth in human relationships quickly brought to light a wide field of interrelated concepts that turned out to be far wider than I had originally imagined. The field turned out to be so wide during the course of the exploration that the initial novel gradually unfolded into the current series of twelve novels that carries a single story all the way through, so that the original title now pertains to the entire series as a collective title.
During the course of the stories many a question surfaced for which some rather profound answers came to light. For example, in the shadow of the immense wave of housing demolition that was unleashed from World War Two onward, the question came to the surface of how it is possible to make good for the damage inflicted and to restore a sense of humanity in society. In the story a veteran recalls how in a single bombing raid in the last days of the war more than 100,000 apartments were destroyed and half a million people were burnt to death or otherwise killed. He suggests that America owes a huge debt to mankind ant to itself to become human again. He suggest that a good first step on this path would be to eradicate homelessness, slum living, and also rent slavery in America, and that this could be done for the price that America pays for a single bomber system. And so, the question needed to be asked if such a thing is even physically possible.
In the course of searching for answers it became apparent that it is not only possible to do this, but that it can be done so easily with automated industrial processes that the cost of the houses would be so low that they can be given away for free as an investment by society into itself. A single one gigawatt nuclear powered plant utilizing high temperature processes for melting and reshaping basalt would have the thermal capacity to produce completely fabricated housing modules for 15 million houses per year in pollution-free automated processes. While the technologies to do this already exist, and the energy and the materials for it exists in near infinite abundance, nothing is done because of the callous relationship of society to itself that supports the vast looting processes of empire, even while it can't spare a dime for the universal welfare of itself. Thus, the inhumanity continues and is escalating.
For example, the Deir Yassen massacre of a Palestinian village at the hands of a Zionist gang in 1948, had caused such terror in the Palestinian population that over 700,000 people fled, who were never allowed to return and had their previous houses demolished by the State of Israel in an operation called, "Cleansing the Landscape" or something close in meaning. 130,000 houses were demolished that way. Oddly, this inhumanity had roused hardly any protests around the world, and so the demolition process of Palestinian houses continued and continues to the very day 60 years later. But times have changed. In the continuing collapse of civilization the tragedy of those early years in Palestine when the State of Israel was becoming established, hardly stand out anymore against the modern tragedy of more then ten million families having been thrown out of their home in mortgage foreclosure actions in recent years, while again only few voices of protests are being heard and nothing is done to change the course to hell. To the contrary, people are more inclined to try to profit from the misfortune of others when their residual belongings are being auctioned off in the "Storage Wars."
The process of civilization has now collapsed to such low levels of humanity that the entire world-financial system is at the threshold of disintegrating. The 'legal' financial thievery has become so intense that the entire financial gambling casino, that all the banks have joined, has bankrupted itself so deeply that the nations of the world are now called upon to bail it out. More than thirty five trillion dollars have so far been flooded into the bailout trough since the fall of 2008, with the cries getting louder for more and more. And tragically, the governments comply and amass astronomical debts in the process that can never be repaid, not in a thousand generations, especially while the population itself that now owes this debt gets decimated by ever-greater forced austerity, tax increases, price increases, unemployment, and slavery wage levels.
And so the question keeps coming back by what deep underlying failure society failed itself, and what principles would have prevented this failure. This question is threaded all through the series since the collapse was already set into motion in the late 1960s.
The search for answers in the novels follows to some degree the historic patterns of exploration used by Dante Alighieri in the early 14th Century in his epic poem The Divine Comedy. Dante's epic poem of the journey of a pilgrim and his guide became an exploration of the dimensions of hell, purgatory, and paradise. I utilized Dante's example loosely, because in the real world we deal with all three aspects simultaneously, even while civilization is a progressive unfolding. Also I found Dante's concept of the guide acting like a guru to be axiomatically superceded by discovered universal principles by which the concept of the guru defies the very foundation that civilization is build on, such as the quality of the human spirit that is reflected in all mankind. The concept of a guru appears ugly to me, reminiscent of Aristotle's concept of natural slavery.
Aristotle had defined slavery as a natural state in which the slave, limited by his lack of virtue, is benefited by being 'guided' at the hand of a master who is justified to rule over the slave by his superior virtue that the slave has not. No doubt the masters of empire, the slave owning Aristocracy, had loved Aristotle for his travesty on the nature of mankind, who had delivered into his master's hands the key to looting the world under the doctrine of the divine right of kings that is still wrecking civilization to this very day in countless variations of the old song.
Against this background I wanted to be careful not to sing this song in my novels. For this reason I staged the exploration of advanced concepts in the novels in the context of bringing together a number of people who aid each other along this path of breaking down barriers and old rigid doctrines that cannot we justified with advanced scientific concepts of discovered truths.
Also I tried to be careful to avoid the sexual stereotype of the male guru that still lingers on in the scientific world in far too many respects as a kind of leftover from the dark ages of female repression that has exacted a high price on civilization. In this context, in the opening episode of the series, the novel, Discovering Love, the main protagonist steps into a 'hornets nest' of scientific intellectual pioneers, four women and two men with wide-ranging backgrounds. This core group is gradually expanding as the series of novels unfolds, while this essential pattern is maintained.
As the series unfolds also the patterns of roles begin to change in respect to Dante's pilgrim and guide. The world of scientific discovery is naturally rich with pioneers who push forward at the leading edge. At least it should be that. In this setting many different types of leadership unfold. However, if they trend into the direction of elitism, they typically become ugly, or at least they should become so. The progressive types of leadership would in contrast encourage a lateral dialog of sharing discoveries between equals, rather than vertically in a top-down approach as this all too often happens. The beautiful types of leadership are those that can be likened to a child taking another by the hand for the sharing of the wonders it has discovered of the world and Universe, saying, "did you see this; did you notice that?"
As the series of novels unfolds, the main protagonist increasingly takes on the role of the discoverer who takes the initiative to drive the leading edge forwards. In fact it becomes increasingly demanded that no one rides on another's coat tail, even though the great discoveries of historic geniuses that one builds on remain associated with their name forever.
Many factors came to the foreground in the course of the writing of the series over the space of about 25 years, from the mid-1980s on. By these, the series expanded into what it is today, even while it continues to mature as it is frequently updated with new concepts coming to light.
In the shadow of the Ice Age
Amazingly, many of the critical factors came into view precisely as needed for a specific context of concern in the flow of the story. In one amazing case, however, it almost imposed itself and without any apparent connection, though it opened up critical aspects that were relevant in many areas. In many cases I found myself somewhat in the role of a spectator observing an expanding process, rather than being the composer of the process.
The one factor that 'imposed' itself without a direct connection was of a type that I would likely have otherwise rejected as irrelevant. This is the case of the impending return of the Ice Age in a world that is awash with cries over global warming. The case goes almost beyond the bizarre. I had the second volume of the series completed at the time. The novel was completely written, cleaned up, electronically compiled. It was ready to be shipped off to the printer. The files only needed to be transmitted. On the next morning when this was supposed to happen the computer died. It didn't die the week before or on the day thereafter. No, it died at this critical point, and in a most unusual manner. Also it died just before I had a chance to create a full backup. The last complete backup had been done two months earlier. Within minutes two months of critical work with the latest innovations had simply disappeared. The entire hard drive died. It died over the space of five minutes to the point that nothing worked anymore. I had never seen anything like it in all my years of working with electronics, or thereafter.
I almost couldn't believe what had happened. I felt like a school kid having submitted an assay to the teacher for examination, which the teacher looked at and then tore up, saying, "this is nice dear, but you can do better."
Oh, what could I do better? The work was incomplete, I thought. What was missing? The answer came as if someone had spoken the words out loud: The return of the Ice Age, is missing. My reaction was: What? This happened back in the time when the focus was still on the dreaded specter of nuclear war and global warming.
In the years that followed, focusing on the Ice Age did become relevant in many different respects and remains so to the present day. In the transition to the next Ice Age glaciation epoch most of the current global agriculture would become disabled by the rapidly cooling climate so that we now face the challenge to shift much of the world's agriculture into environments protected from the cold, such as into the tropics and into indoor facilities. The reality is, that if this protection, which requires several decades to set up, doesn't happen, our food supply will simply disappear. The entire food supply of mankind is rooted in agriculture and natural plant growth, and these are dependent on the warmth of the interglacial climate. The return of the Ice Age glaciation is therefore a critical factor in the not-so-distant time ahead.
Presently, we live in a food deficient state already as nearly 20% of mankind is 'living' in a state of chronic starvation (1.2 billion, according to an U.N. agriculture organization). No statistics are available of how many of those die each year of starvation related causes. Chronic starvation is a death trap. The death-toll figure may be in the range of 100 million, amounting to a 100-fold increase over Hitler's holocaust. The Ice Age focus becomes relevant here, because the same technological processes that would give us the power to maintain the world's agriculture in an Ice Age environment would also give us the power to double or triple the world food supply in the present with ease. But this isn't happening, is it? Instead, society keeps itself locked to the insane notion that has been promoted by the masters of empire for centuries that the world is too full. The masters cry for depopulation, and have done this since 1790 when the USA was established on its Constitution. They sing the song that the world has cancer and that this cancer is man.
Obviously, depopulation is not the stepping stone to a new renaissance that enables us to exist in the potentially near Ice Age climate. Without the new renaissance not many people will likely survive in the onset of the coming glaciation environment. Thus, in this arena too, it is of critical importance to create a new renaissance platform in the world in which mankind will honor itself as the richest, most powerful, and most capable species on the planet, which it is, instead of seeing itself impoverished, isolated, impotent, and reduced to the status of animals, or even a cancer on the planet as the masters of empire proclaim. The series of novels is designed to counter the current trend, and to aid in laying down a new foundation for a new renaissance in our time.
To be continued.