by Rolf A. F. Witzsche

Why the series of novels was created


 About the Series:

The Lodging for the Rose

The series comprises twelve novels, written by Rolf A. F. Witzsche, the author of an earlier novel, Brighter than the Sun.  The earlier novel had been written during the Cold-War period, but in the new world of asymmetric nuclear warfare the old novel is fast becoming relevant again for its rather unique perspective of the nuclear-war danger. However, it presents a minimalist scenario of this danger on a scale so small that it seems almost unbelievable, but which remains nevertheless too horrific in scope to be ever allowed to come upon us.

 The earlier novel had been designed in such a manner as to bring out the brightness of our humanity in its brightest dimension, unfolding a deeply humanist world with an ever-widening sphere of love. Except this didn't seem to be enough. The issue of universal love is far wider and more complex than what can be compressed into a single story. It became apparent that an entire series of novels would be required to explore the underlying principle that is reflected in universal love. For this reason the series of novels, The Lodging for the Rose, was written. The earlier novel, Brighter than the Sun, may be seen as a preface for it.

The series, The Lodging for the Rose, has been written to help meet an urgent need, though it rarely focuses on it directly. Ever since the first nuclear bomb has been built and demonstrated, mankind has been tied to a doom that everyone agrees must never come upon us, but for which no solution has yet been found after 60 years of searching for it. The danger remains today as great as it had been in the mid-1980s when the initial work on the series, The Lodging for the Rose began.  Although the research for the series was slow and the dimension of the challenge almost too 'radical' for one to give a face to it, the work was impelled by the unyielding need to explore the bright but hidden image of humanity that has the potential to out-shine the incredibly ugly face of those 65,000 atom bombs that had been deployed in those days of the mid-1980s, to be used at a moment's notice. 

We have far fewer nuclear bombs now, only 20,000 of them, but their face in our human world remains just as threatening while once again new bombs are being build, installed into new missile systems. The new systems have evidently been devised in the faint hope  that it might yet be possible to create a technical solution to avoid the final doom that the nuclear-weapons insanity makes increasingly likely. But, there are no technical solutions possible for a crisis that is not a technical phenomenon, which is rooted instead in a deeply human failure that society has refused to deal with for a long time. The failure lies in our shameful inability to love universally, to love the profound humanity that we all share as human beings but close our eyes to in order to avoid having to acknowledge it.

The chorus of those who call out for the nuclear bomb to be used is getting louder today instead of softer. The so-called 'balance' that society had trusted its existence to for decades, which has kept the nukes locked down in their bunkers, is now eroding. We had once found safety in the balance of nuclear threats under a doctrine that we called Mutually Assured Destruction. But in the now unfolding age of asymmetric warfare this precarious 'security' is waning. The hope that we had placed in it is empty, with no substance left. The age of assured mutual destruction is dawning. 

Nevertheless we are all are and remain to be human beings, and as such we are not bound to any promise of doom. As human beings we are bound first and foremost to the profound humanist potential that is rooted in our humanity, that gives us the power to step away from this 'prison' in which doom is inevitable. We have the potential to step up to higher levels of thinking, and of acting as human beings. History has shown that there exists one profound principle that enables us to do this. This one principle has stood like a great a light in the past whenever mankind's light had gone out and the world had become dark. It is in this principle, the Principle of Universal Love, that we find our hope and our power.

This one principle has no official name as such that one could cite, because it has been given many names by different people in different ages to identify that one 'something' that is profound and opens the gates to what the German poet Friedrich Schiller called, the sublime. However, it seems that this principle that has no name can be described. One might describe it as the Principle of Universal Love. This principle was Plato's principle before the turn of time, or Solon's principle before him, and the principle of Christianity after him. 

History tells us that all the bright sparks of its early unfolding had became lost again and again in the shadow of the overbearing inhumanity of the impositions of empires. Only in the darkest hours when darkness covered the earth so deeply that even the empires collapsed under their own weight of inhumanity, was the light of that principle remembered and brought back. In such times the principle became applied, and in some cases almost explosively to the point that a profound renaissance happened. 

Actually the most profound renaissance, the Golden Renaissance, didn't just happen. It was created by a process that appears to have begun with the rediscovery of some old manuscripts of Plato that had been brought back into Europe during the period of the Islamic Renaissance. In Europe the rediscovery of the anciently recognized principle of light set up a new stage in Europe for what became the unfolding Golden Renaissance. 

The root of the light of that renaissance was this one principle that always comes to the foreground when the world needs to be rebuilt. The Principle of Universal Love provided the power for this to be accomplished. All roads in the search for a brighter humanity have historically lead to this one principle. 

The series of novels, The Lodging for the Rose, has been created to explore those numerous paths in which this principle unfolded, and more importantly also those paths that have not yet been trodden. The series is designed to be profoundly daring in its approach and to take the exploration into realms that apparently have not been entered before, or have even been attempted to be entered in any serious manner. The series is designed to take the Principle of Universal Love all the way to the grassroots level of our social sphere where it is almost deemed treason, but where mankind is more deeply divided sexually and by marriage than in any other sphere including the political, ethnic, and religious spheres.

The exploration for the series of novels, The Lodging for the Rose, became a most challenging exercise in bringing the bright historic discoveries and methods of perception to bear on the objective for which the series was required, that of bridging the barriers against the one light that has been seen to some degree in every bright humanist period. Naturally, an exploration of this type and on this scale also puts great challenges onto the table. However, those appear only huge in comparison with the 'smallness' of the currently prevailing thinking that has put us into great danger. What I am saying does not mean that the Principle of Universal Love needs to be pursued primarily for political objectives. That would put the cart before the horse. The Principle of Universal Love stands as a principles that gives us freedom and joy in every sphere as its love illumines the human scene. Love is its own gem, and is precious for its own sparkle, and that makes the Principle of Universal Love an imperative at the grassroots level for the sheer excitement and joy that a wider sense of love promises.

And why shouldn't it be that that way? Our humanity is precious beyond compare. Just think how many quadrillions of miles one would have to traverse to the distant places in the universe before one would come upon another civilization of living beings with anywhere near the creativity, culture, beauty, and the productive power that we have developed right here to uplift our world even while much of our vast potential remains still dormant and unrealized. The greatest gem that we are aware of to exist in the universe of life, truly is mankind, and that's us. We are its brightest star as far as we can see, with a potential for a future that exceeds even the brightness of the sun. If that isn't something worthy to be loved and celebrated, what is?

The series of fictional novels, The Lodging for the Rose, presents a twelve-part earth-based social science fantasy centered on a daring scientific exploration of the Principle of Universal Love. The storyline unfolds as a multifaceted epic love story with an eye on romance, sexuality, marriage, and in some parts even erotic love. Still its focus is always in the context of universal love, the higher principle, unfolding with its own scientific imperatives. On this platform love appears in its natural 'white,' the color of the sun, a light that imposes no boundaries but illumines the whole world. In some cases where the same thread extends across two novels, the novels have been labeled, Episode A and Episode B.

The series, The Lodging for the Rose, explores the Principle of Universal Love in a world where universal love is shunned, a world torn by divisions, darkened by isolation, threatened by war and now nuclear war, and as of late by many millions of uranium bombs (DU bombs), which altogether put a big question mark onto mankind's very survival on this planet. Against this background the glow of universal love creates a new paradigm for the political with the challenge that we upgrade our civilization into a powerfully human world, even a world with the kind of strength that will enable us in the near future to maintain our sprawling civilization undeterred by the next return of the Ice Age that might happen in possibly a hundred years time, or a hundred more or less..

The suspense in the stories of the  novels is not carried by political intrigue as one might expect. Instead it unfolds from the complexities of relationships, marriage, romance, sex, and science, in an environment of an ever-expanding concept of love. Here the political games that unleash imperial wars, violence, and terror are kept in the background. The flow of the novels is powered by unfolding 'intimacies' of love that are not dimmed by long-taught emotions, hatred, fear, or even by the golden cages that we isolate ourselves in  socially and politically, contrary to our hopes and desires.

Yes, there is a 'magic' in the love that unfolds from the heart of our humanity that we all share as human beings. Love thus becomes the light of the series of novels where it shines as it must, because we are all, and always will be, a people "clothed with the sun." 

The truth of what we are doesn't change with the winds of circumstances no matter how dim the world may become from time to time as society chooses to close its eyes to its own light and cower in fear, 'hiding' from itself. Human history has been like that. Its pattern has been shaped by the deepest 'night' as well as by the brightest noon-day, and there has always been a new 'sunrise' emerging after every night.

Today's challenge is to take the pattern of history one step higher and closer to the light, whereby we assure ourselves that there won't be any more 'night' there. We have the power to do this, don't we? Nor is there any real magic involved in the realization of what unfolds natuturally, only love is involved. That is enough.

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