Without information and analysis of the
comprehensive dimensions of a patriarchal project(1) which has
lasted for more than 5000 years, the anthropological mystery will
remain unresolved and the following question will remain unanswered:
"why are people acting against their very own interests of
survival?", all of which, as a consequence, make global Holocaust
The insanity of normality(2) is the consequence
of a thinking reduced to black and white contrasts; finally this
insanity is the expression of an intellectual and fictitious separation
of the death-drive from the life-drive(3). Only mankind alienated
from natural coherence of life and existence is ready to sacrifice
his own life together with mother Nature's to Mammon, just for the
sake of continued existence of capitalism, the youngest off-spring
of the patriarchy.
Today's ethics threatens to lose sight of
this anthropological mystery. As long as ethics fatally and simply
fade it out of perception, ethics cannot contribute any solution.
Separating people into good and evil thus remains unquestioned;
it becomes allegedly natural and is hardly even discussed. The profound
and cryptic character of the cultural creating process' of
patriarchy is not being broadly discussed by scientists. A proper
understanding of human nature is consequently lost in the web of
tensions of complex and secondary interests.
That is why today a destructive dynamics
akin to necrophilia is able to present itself as a new world order.
In comparison to the deadly arrogance of decision makers of modern
societies even the wildest animal appears to be completely harmless.
An increasing cold lack of compassion can be detected like a thread
running from the Mongolian assails, through the extermination of
indigenous populations in all corners of the planet, through the
annihilation by the Inquisition of our valuable know-how about nature
so particularly deadly for women and through industrial killing
of Jews pursued by the Nazis, right up to today's systematic exploitation
of mankind and nature by corporate globalization.
Up to now, a lack of empathy consigned the
satisfaction of the human social drive to obscurity in its global
dimension: existence and the vital necessity of a human social drive
has been virtually drowned in a deceitful error which excessively
highlights the alleged holy grail' of the pursuit of individual
fortune'. The erroneous quality of such an attitude simply
drowns out the union of existence, the interconnectedness of all
being. Instead of solidarity, a ruthlessly competitive society prevails.
Instead of natural joy and abundance prevails a system which takes
advantage of fear and scarcity. Instead of health, illness prevails.
Instead of peace, war.
Let us therefore commemorate the great lifework
of the philosopher, sociologist, psycho-analyst and humanist Erich
Fromm(4) who shaped the term "biophilia" and acknowledge
this by coming out on the love for life! Jointly with Wilhelm Reich,
many more scientists and the majority of indigenous peoples at all
times from all over the world Erich Fromm in contrast for example
to the wide-spread teachings of Sigmund Freud exactly understood
that the drive of life is the one and only autonomous force of life
in the cosmos. It is creative by Nature. Dysfunctional motivations
and desires as shown by history are inherent to this civilisation
which makes a general well-being impossible. They are of secondary
nature, that means they are mere consequences of alienated human
thought and deeply inhuman conduct of life. Those never can be satisfied
and consequently entail the well known insatiability of affected
people, their nations and cultures. Violence, blood and thunder,
suicide, war together with destruction of the fundaments of life
are a proof which can no longer be ignored.
In front of these cannibalistically appearing
tendencies it is plain ignorance in the service of capital which
today permeates all social strata and sacrifices the many hard-won
social achievements to the neo-feudal god of the global market.
An ethics, which truly seeks to meet its own standards cannot not
ignore the complexity of this topic and must not flinch from demands
to replace the system! A truthful ethics would liberate itself from
the totalitarian clutches of power-strategists and clearly place
itself on the side of life. We all, to whom life is dear and valuable,
should support and promote this process of emancipation by engaging
in it and by making our opinions known wherever we feel concerned(5). We can no longer leave ethics just to scientific specialists
in universities, but we simple people must instead prove to be the
actual promoters of an ethics and a conduct of life, which are neither
corruptible nor subject to any Zeitgeist!
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