From Dieter Duhm's book Political Texts for a Non-violent Earth
Via Zentrum für Experimentelle Gesellschafts Gestaltung (ZEGG) (Center for
Experimental Cultural Design), Germany
1. THE INDIVIDUAL
A world of love, free of fear and violence, can only be created by individuals
dedicated to discovering their own uniqueness, power, and self-worth -- people
striving to know what they think, say what's on their mind, and share what
Self-responsible and committed individuals use the full capabilities of their
spirit, mind, and heart to fulfill their own potential. They act, instead of
re-acting. They do not depend on others to provide their happiness or
success. They are not subordinate to any authority, but obey their own
knowledge and consciousness.
The more an individual can transform the fear and violence inherited from
their past, their parents, and their social structures to live according to
their own Truth, the more valuable they are to themselves and to all humanity.
2. THE SPIRIT
True spirituality has nothing to do with religion. It is the recognition that
"you" are not your "body," but an eternal consciousness gaining maturity
through experience to enhance your contribution to the evolution of the Whole.
Everything we are and everything surrounding us has its roots in the spiritual
universe. We are not separate from, but intimately connected to, the spiritual
Whole. Therefore, we no longer need religion, dogma, or predetermined answers
handed down by any authority -- be it a person, a church, or a government. Our
answers will come by removing the self-erected barriers standing in the way of
the full realization of our true spirituality.
3. THE MIND
I am, therefore I think. The reflecting intellect is a young and powerful
fruit on the tree of evolution, still in infancy, its potential hardly
It is the creed and dogma of scientific and political systems that stifle
thought and creativity. It is the fear and violence of ideologies that make
the cognitive processes of the mind impossible. It is the inaccurate decisions
and faulty premises of "group-think" that result in war and destruction.
The mind must be free to fully explore and experience the true consequences of
its thoughts and desires. The basic questions of our existence must be
experienced anew, without religious or philosophical assumptions or
4. THE HEART
Love is an energy, not an emotion -- an energy that binds the universe
together, manifesting as gravity between matter and affinity between
Love is the opposite of fear. Where fear exists, love cannot; and love is the
only source of humane thinking and non-violent acting. Love has always been a
question of emotions and unreflected instincts, rather than something to be
thought about and considered intellectually. The heart must become an organ of
insight just like the brain.
The symptoms of fear are judgment, control, separation, jealousy,
possessiveness, boredom, and dishonesty. The symptoms of the heart are
acceptance, allowance, inclusion, sharing, excitement, and truth.
Only the heart can know "compersion."
Sexuality is an elemental force of life and of the joy of existence. Sexuality
can not be confined by marriage pledges or restrictive moral code. Instead, it
needs truth and trust.
Sexuality has been arbitrarily split into a "moral" part and an "immoral" part
-- into tenderness and violence, into love and lust. For life to be sensually
and intellectually fulfilling, and for true love and respect to grow between
the sexes, this split must be repaired.
Love free of fear, free of violence, and free of lies is a healing love. Free
love does not eliminate a "couple relationship," but it is also not fixated on
a single partnership. Free sexuality is simply a fact of life.
True partnership is a radical model for a relationship free of fear and
violence. In no way is a partnership in opposition to free sexuality, because
it itself is free of jealousy and possessiveness.
Falling in love and sharing sexual and sensual joys together are wonderful
things, but they do not equal partnership. Growing old together is a
remarkable phenomenon, but it is not necessarily a partnership. If two people
are together because they are afraid of being alone, that, of course, is not a
partnership, either. Nor is a relationship that requires sexual exclusivity
and isolation to sustain itself.
Partnership begins when two people -- in addition to their sexual attraction
-- build a common spiritual, mental, and emotional base of understanding which
make true communication possible under all circumstances. Partnership requires
two self-responsible individuals who are equal in each other's eyes.
The natural environment for human beings is a community. The mature community
is a grassroots democracy of free individuals. It is a human collective, but
is is not led collectively in the name of any leader or any ideology. The
importance of the individual and the community are equal and complementary in
a non-violent world.
In a true community, the most varied kinds of human questions are presented
publicly and receive the attention of the whole group; personal issues can be
discussed without private shame or embarrassment; and the individual is never
required to sacrifice or compromise for the greater good of the group.
The main principles of a community are individual self-responsibility, mutual
support, and "transparency" -- which means that all political, economic, and
human processes important to the whole community are honestly and openly
visible to all.
8. THE CHILDREN
Parents should play a major role in the lives of their children; but a parent
can no longer look upon their child as a possession. A child is an asset for
the future of the entire planet and belongs to humanity as a whole.
A childhood of distrust, fear, and violence cannot result in humane beings. In
a non-violent community, children grow up in confidence and trust, with the
entire community for their family and their social living space.
The children deserve an environment of continuity, love, warmth, and
stability. Children should not be raised or educated in a dogmatic manner.
Instead, they need attention and support to develop their own unique
personalities. for this, they must have a center of their own to live and
study, nurtured with love full-time by those who care and recognize their
The secrets of human existence are part of the secrets of Nature. Whatever we
do in Nature, we do to ourselves. The inner mental and emotional behavior of
the human being is currently reflected in the outer destruction of our
The construction of a factory chimney is different from that of a stalk of
wheat. The force with which a blade of grass penetrates a layer of asphalt is
not the same used by a jackhammer. The process that produces a seedling which
gradually grows into a mature plant follows a different logic than that
currently used by homo sapiens.
Earth can only awaken from its nightmare if we develop a society free of the
structural violence currently found in mechanistic science, dogmatic
religions, ideological ecology, and industrial technology based on overcoming
resistance rather than establishing resonance with Nature.
Animals are part of the living organism of the biosphere. Like us, they are
animated beings, only at a different level of evolution.
We cannot develop an overall concept of non-violence as long as we walk around
in fur coats. We cannot feed the universal biocomputer with credible
information on peace as long as we send out information of violence from every
slaughterhouse. We cannot work towards the idea of universal healing as long
as we dissect, cripple, and kill our co-creatures in so-called scientific
The human body is a self-regulating, self-healing system. It does not break
down from outside intervention, but from internal conflict. It will not be
healed by outside intervention, either, but from the spiritual, mental, and
emotional processes that result in resonance with the universal circulation of
matter, energy, and information. The healing force from an experience of love
is different from that of an injection.
Our mental and emotional structures -- our thoughts and feelings -- directly
affect the health of the earth. Future medical technologies and ecological
solutions will only result in healing if they are non-violent and resonate
with the principles of nature and the patterns of movement and vibration on
which the entire universe is based.
The crises of our time will not be solved by traditional methods or reform
programs. If we want to end the daily massacre of nature and her beings, of
animals and of children, of tribes and of cultures, and of the life force
itself, we need a concrete overall plan for peace -- a new concept for a non-
violent society and technology, a new concept for our spiritual and mental
development, and above all a new concept for love between the sexes.
Within all countries and races on earth there are people who have irrevocably
understood the necessity of a positive inner and outer (r)evolution. They can
all contribute certain things, certain convictions, certain ideas to the
overall view of the tasks at hand. It is not science or religion or
government, but people who will build a future worth living.