you suggesting that there is no grace left in the world?" Anton
reluctantly. "Even in America the concept of grace is dying out fast. The
word, grace, has been largely stricken from the American vocabulary, except for
Thanksgiving Day when a few religious people ceremoniously say grace at the
dinner table for their privileges, the few privileges that still remain to those
few that have them. But even those ceremonial speeches have become hollow,
Anton. They've become narrow, and shallow. People look at their feast and give
thanks to God, as if our civilization was a divine handout, and there was no
human responsibility involved in living by the principles of the Universe that
the principles of our humanity are a part of."
civilization a divine gift?" Antonovna interjected.
Anton, civilization isn't a divine gift, only the principles for our creating a
civilization can be so regarded. The view that all good is a divine handout is a
perversion of religion. We have been given life and the principles for living
it, just as the Universe has been given its principle by which it exists."
came first, the principle of universal gravity or the Universe in which the
principle is reflected?" said Anton.
would say that the Universe and its principles are one. The 'Spirit' of the
Universe is reflected by all of its aspects, and it is impossible to perceive
one without the other. The Sun reflects certain universal principles, or else
there would be no sun enabling life in the world. But at the level of humanity,
another element is added, the element of creativity."
our humanity, not civilization, is the divine gift," Anton interjected.
"The principles of our humanity enable us to create our civilization."
belief that civilization is a divine gift makes any society hollow," I said
to her quietly. "The belief that mankind isn't a part of the creative
process, negates our humanity and its creative principles. We should say grace
at our dinner tables with a kind of celebration that celebrates our humanity
instead of our privileges. Isn't any meal, especially the kind of lavish dinner
that people lay out on festive occasions, the direct outcome of our humanity, a
humanity that has achieved marvels in the world? An incredibly long development
of culture and scientific and technological progress stands behind even the
simplest meal. Isn't that true, Anton? The vast dimension of our humanity is
reflected in far-flung processes of growing the food we eat, of making it
available universally through transportation and distribution infrastructures,
and in the preparing the food with centuries of fine traditions in cooking and
adding spices, and so forth. A meal is a remarkable cultural miracle, Anton.
It's a totally human thing. The food that is served is the product of a rich
human culture and technological development that took mankind millennia to
create, possibly even spanning several Ice Ages. To deny all of that creative
development, by thanking God for the food we eat as if it were a gift from
heaven, denies the riches that we have in our humanity in which God comes to
light. By thanking God, and leaving our humanity out of the picture, people
perpetrate a denial of God and of themselves. This denial makes our humanity
appear hollow. We should celebrate our humanity in which God is reflected. We
should celebrate the grace that we find in our humanity, as you are evidently
aiming to do. But that's not easy, is it, in a barren world?"
blushed. "You are right, it is amazing what stands behind the word,
grace," she said quietly.
"I have once looked up the word, grace, in a dictionary," I said to
her moments later. "The definition for the word, grace, covers an entire
column set in fine print on a foot-long page. Grace, is the only world that I
know that has such a large dimension that it takes an entire column in extremely
fine print to describe the concept."
dinner was served Anton put me to the test. "Here is your chance to say,
grace, in the way it should be done," said Anton and smiled at me.
"Let me hear it in the truly American way."
gave me two choices, Anton? Do you want to hear it the American way, or the way
it should be done? Which one should I choose?"
right one of course, Peter."
this case you better start eating, Anton. I'll tell you about it while we eat,
and I tell it to you in the way it happened a few months ago during the local
hearing for our nudist beach project back home in North Carolina.
I paused and
waited for her reaction, her protest. But there was none.
it goes," I said. "We had bought a stretch of an isolated private
beachfront with the idea to give the people of America a chance to have a
holiday away from the world of lying to themselves, and covering things up; away
from the world of being divided and isolated from their humanity. Our invitation
was designed to take people back to the days before the proverbial tree of
knowledge was invented that causes people to look at themselves and one-another
with shame. A nudist beach counters the built-up artificial isolation and brings
out a gentle kind of honesty with oneself and one-another, the kind that one
doesn't find in other places anymore. That's also the environment in which I met
Ursula. I met her at one of those beaches in Leipzig. She had arranged it that
way. I suppose Ursula told you about it."
at our hearing for getting permission to do the same in America, a member of the
old priesthood had a few nasty words to say about our project, and also about us
as being the scum of mankind descending onto a God fearing community with a rage
that would drive the living faith out of their soul. I told the man of The Cloth
that the people that I had seen at these beaches in other lands were indeed not
God-fearing people. I had said they were more inclined to honor God by honoring
one another as the brightest stars of creation. At this point an old farmer
stood up and addressed the man of The Cloth. He pointed out to him that he had
become a God-fearing man by bitter experience as a bomber pilot during World War
II. He told us how the chaplain always said to him in a reassuring and
authoritative tone of voice, 'my son, God is on our side, God is your copilot.'
the farmer told us how he in an armada of a thousand bombers had dropped three
quarters of a million firebombs onto a defenseless city and burned half a
million people to death in a single night. He said that he indeed feared God
with a sense of horror in his heart, because the God that he had loved as a
child had become a murderer.
another man stood up during the hearing and suggested that we Americans owed a
great debt to humanity for all the horrible things we had done and were still
doing, and that the time had come for us to begin to repay this debt. He
suggested for starters that our nation should commit itself to eradicate
homelessness and slum living by building a million new houses in America and
giving them away for free. He said that with the proper infrastructures in place
we would be able to build the million new houses for the same amount that we
were currently spending to build only three of the latest bomber aircraft that
are costing us more than $2 billion a piece. He said that the technologies exist
to produce those million new houses inexpensively from the best building
material on the planet and produce them in automated industrial production
facilities, together with what is required for the service infrastructures. The
man said, that if we did this great thing for the homeless and the poor, and
also for one another, we would not only uplift America with a bright new human
face, but would be uplifting the whole world in the process, by inspiring other
nations to do the same and by helping them in the process. We would turn away
from spending our resources on killing people, to uplifting people. The man
said, that by doing this single thing we would revolutionize the world and
virtually every aspect of civilization, from construction to clothing, from
farming to transportation, including finance, politics, science, culture, health
care and education. He told us that the technologies to do all of this already
exist. Even the energy resources exist, and the materials that are needed exist
in near infinite abundance. All we needed to do, he said, would be to utilize
what we've already got in ourselves as human beings, beginning with utilizing
our technology of grace, which is the real light of our humanity and our grace.
He said in essence that the light of our humanity can only be manifest by the
Principle of Universal Love being lived in everyday life."
are dreaming, Peter," said Antonovna and began to laugh.
I am dreaming," I said, "but everything that I said is possible. Our
humanity as human beings gives us that capability. All we need to do is to
develop the technology of grace. That's all we need to do. The humanist energy
to carry the project forward will unfold from that grace. The implementation
falls into place as a secondary effect. Can you imagine how America would change
once we stopped wasting our human potential that we throw away with
homelessness, slum living, unemployment, and waging war all over the world? We
are throwing away our humanity. I am saying we need to rebuild what we have
already lost. I would say that that the first step would have to be to build
those millions of quality houses for the whole of society so that the human
potential can become developed, which we now throw away."
want America to be a welfare state?" said Anton. "We tried it in
Russia. It doesn't work."
not talking about the kind of welfare state where the poor remain poor and are
being fed with crumbs. I am talking about the well being of society as a whole.
I am talking about developing our humanity as a key foundation for civilization.
I'm not dreaming, Anton. Those who think that we can survive without that, are
the ones who are dreaming. So, why shouldn't we do what needs to be done? We
have the physical resources in abundance. We can build those top-quality houses
by the millions - not tarpaper shacks - and we can give them away. I am talking
about houses that can be set up in Siberia as readily as they would fit into
Equatorial Africa. The world probably needs several hundred million of these new
houses immediately. China probably needs a hundred million all by itself, and
India too. That's how we can upgrade our humanity and establish peace. To sing
that song, and to do it, is saying grace."
I think you are dreaming," Anton interrupted. "There aren't enough
trees left in America to build a million new houses, let alone the hundreds of
millions that you say India needs, and China, and Africa."
not proposing to build wood shacks," I interrupted Anton. "Building
with wood is archaic. I'm proposing that we build with basalt. Basalt is a
finely grained stone that is extremely dense and strong, that melts at 1,200
degrees Celsius, and once melted can be processed like glass. It can be cast
into molds of any shape, reinforced with fiberglass if need be. Basalt can be
foamed for insulation, or be extruded into anything you can think of, even into
micro fibers that can be woven into fabric. Basalt fibers are a
three-times-better insulator than asbestos. Basalt bars are also a far stronger
reinforcement agent for concrete, than steel is. A ton of basalt reinforcement
can provide the equivalent strength of nine tons of steel. And there is plenty
of basalt in the world. Nor does it have to be dug out of the ground. The USA
has 170,000 cubic kilometers sitting on the surface, enough to cover the entire
country with it deeper than a man stands tall. India has almost four times as
much. This high-grade building material lays around unused at the moment,
because we haven't bothered to develop the process heat yet to melt it. For this
task we can utilize nuclear power, such as the High Temperature Gas Cooled
Reactor. We can utilize the high temperature gases from these reactors and pump
up their heat to the needed 1,400 degrees, or utilize nuclear-made hydrogen
fuel. The point is, the realization of what we need to do to build a bright
human world, is only a technical step away. It's a matter of utilizing our inner
resources, our grace as human beings. If we utilize our grace, we can build
anything that we can imagine, and do the building in largely automated
processes. It appears that basalt micro-fibers might even be usable for weaving
textiles. We can revolutionize the planet with this one single technology.
That's only the beginning of our reflecting what I call grace. And we mustn't
just say it only at the dinner table on special occasions, but live it and make
it a daily occasion. In fact, we have to develop these kinds of potentials in a
hurry, because the return of the Ice Age might hit us within the next hundred
years. We have to have indoor agriculture established by then. Our present
agriculture is totally dependent on the warm climate of the current Holocene
interglacial period that will end soon. The very existence of mankind literally
depends on the development of the technology of our grace that unlocks mankind's
humanist power to transform the world. That's what creating indoor agriculture
means. This means that grace is the key element of what our civilization already
reflects, so far as we still have a civilization."
and laughed. "Did I say enough about grace?" I asked.
all but a dream, even if it is possible," said Anton and smiled.
will remain a dream for as long as we bury the technology of grace under Adam
Smith's heavy blanket of greed, and the blanket of fascism that comes with it.
Right now society would sooner kill most of mankind in great orgies of genocide,
as we already have begun to do, and stand ready to incinerate its cities with
nuclear bombs that we have ready assembled and deployed to be launched within
minutes. That's where we stand, Anton. So who is dreaming? We live a nightmare
that's already ongoing, Anton. We are not awake as a society. We are dreaming
that this is life, and that this is civilization. We close our eyes and stand
ready and eager to destroy one-another and ourselves in the name of empire. Talk
about dreaming! We create poverty on a vast scale in the name of this empire,
while a few arrogant inhuman creatures rob society blind in their greed for
profit. We are dreaming, Anton, if we think we can survive this. However, I like
to think that our present dis-graced existence can be brought to an end. I like
to think that the grace of our humanity can be brought back to life on our
planet. I like to believe that we stop the dreaming, and that we wake up to our
humanity and to the potential it gives us to create a New World. The Principle
of Universal Love doesn't need to remain stomped into the ground. It can be
asserted again, as it once was in times of renaissance when a New World had been
created during the few bright days in mankind's past. While this bright New
World was later wrecked, the process is still possible to create it anew, and to
do it more effectively this time and more deep-reaching. Right now, things look
grim, especially for the Soviet Union. But things don't have to remain that way.
We can stop this dreaming in which we wastefully while away the hours, as we
have done for too many centuries already."
do you mean with things being especially grim for the Soviet Union?" Anton
country's economic situation is grim, can't you see this? Your leaders didn't
listen to LaRouche. They refused the offer to unite with the rest of the world
to develop advanced technologies and an advanced sense of humanity for the
universal protection of all nations. LaRouche tried to bring a measure of grace
into the world, by getting the whole world to unite in scientific and
technological development to protect itself from its own nuclear bombs. Your
leaders turned his proposal down out of hand and proceeded to shoulder the
project themselves, and for themselves in isolation. You may soon realize that a
project of this scale is physically beyond your economic capability. LaRouche
told you that. He said that you would wreck your economy in five years, should
you attempt to shoulder the project by yourself. LaRouche's idea was that the
whole world should be doing this together, cooperatively. You are in the process
of wrecking your country by pursuing this alone. This makes the future grim for
the Soviet Union and for the whole world. There is no grace, Anton, in this
selfish imperial isolation that your leaders are presently pursuing. Without
grace, mankind will destroy itself, and the Soviet Union may be spearheading the
process, with the USA following close behind in lock step.
nodded. "You mean to tell me that these five years are almost up?" she
said thoughtfully. "I thought that it is the West that is collapsing
economically. Isn't it collapsing right now? I hear that many people are
starving there, because your financial system has already collapsed."
yes, we have dis-graced ourselves in a big way," I said and smiled.
"We've become a hollow society indeed. But we've already begun to recover.
We are not totally wrecked yet by our misdeeds. Unfortunately, it appears that
the Soviet Union is slightly farther advanced down this road. It might
disintegrate a bit sooner than we will, but we will follow you. We both will
suffer the same fate when we travel the same path, the imperial path, which we
I told Anton
that the yet unseen deep economic collapse of the West occurred for a different
reason than the deep collapse in the Soviet Union, and that occured for
something much more damaging. I suggested that the combination of fascism and
greed that has gripped the West is a dark emptiness in humanist terms that one
can liken to the astrophysical phenomenon of a black hole. I suggested that it
might still be possible for the Soviet Union to rescue itself from this darkness
before its economy implodes. I also suggested that this rescue might be easier
for the Soviets to accomplish than for the West to rescue itself from its deeper
entrapment into the same black hole. In the West all the economic resources,
from finance to infrastructures, including education, have been essentially
privatized, and are now being shut down in the service of greed and imperial
goals. That's a trend that is hard to reverse. We've destroyed our industries,
and now enslave the rest of the world to produce the goods for us that we need,
which we actually can no longer produce ourselves. In addition we force the poor
countries to produce things for us at slave-labor prices. This kind of trap is
extremely difficult to get out of. We in the West, especially in America, have
become a slaveholder society with global reach that has become addicted to the
in-flow of cheap products that we can't even pay for, except with worthless
money and coerced in-flows of investments into America's worthless securities
that have become meaningless for their lack of value in our dying economy.
Nobody knows for how long the world will continue to honor America's worthless
money and our empty promises. For the last thirty years our economy has been
collapsing. We are now operating way below the break-even point. Instead of
producing wealth, we are producing debt. We've piled up almost fifty trillion
dollars worth of debt, which we count as assets, and think we are rich. It would
take 10,000 stacks of thousand dollar bills piled as high as the Ostankino tower
stands, to repay America's debt load. Since our physical economy can no longer
hold its own, much less produce a profit, America's debt will never be repaid,
unless we get the new renaissance implemented that we badly need. But this is
what the imperials are committed to prevent. We are facing doom, and so does the
whole western world for the same reason."
away as if in disbelief.
not dreaming," I said sharply. "The fictitious values of the American
financial portfolios, which don't produce anything of tangible substance, but
are mere profit machines - a kind of meat grinders called financial instruments
- keep increasing and increasing in perceived value, reaching into the
stratosphere, while no actual value exists in economic terms that the financial
instruments are deemed to represent. The wealth of America exists only in
sky-castles that have no longer any footing in reality. They are dreamscapes of
the kind that blow away with the wind like a soap bubble that invariably pops.
The wind will blow, Anton, and the bubbles will vanish."
American dollar isn't worthless, Peter, even though you have a few difficulties
right now. It is still the most priced currency in the world."
Anton, that's not how it really is. The dollar is the highest priced worthless
junk. The people who buy it on the currency markets are insane. The dollar is
kept alive artificially by forcing the entire world to pay the price. The dollar
is kept alive by the empire forcing the nations of the world to pay for
America's oil imports and its imports of other commodities that are paid for in
dollars rather than in the exporting nations national currencies. If it weren't
for this swindle that upholds the dollar, the dollar would be considered
worthless junk already, Anton. The U.S. dollar represents a failing economy that
has become the biggest debtor in the world. Shouldn't it be called junk then?
Buying our dollars is presently more foolish than buying junk bonds. In a normal
world a nation's currency reflects what a nation is producing in corresponding
value. We are producing less and less, and are wrecking what has already been
built. So, why would you want to buy dollars that represent this disaster of an
economy that is not an asset anymore, but has become a global liability? The
only thing that is propping up the value of the American dollar right now, in
real terms, is the little grace that remains in the world. In purely financial
terms America is bankrupt. What might yet save the world from the calamity of a
worldwide collapse is our potential that we still have in America, to become a
productive society once again that upholds the dollar by its productive
potential being realized. It will take us fifty years to do this, to recover our
potential, if we turn around today. Whoever buys the U.S. dollar today is really
betting that America has the will to do this and become human and creative
again, and recover its lost ground over the next fifty years."
insane," said Anton. "Fifty years! Are you saying America won't repay
its debt to the world for fifty years?"
this is the very best that the people of the world can expect at the present
time," I countered her. "America is bankrupt. The dollar is worth a
small fraction of its face value. The whole world is in the same mess. There are
no better currencies anywhere, because the whole world had been bankrupted by
the imperial game. And so the entire global house of cards is held together by
the worthless U.S. dollar that everybody holds and thinks that it is worth
anything. If the dollar were to pop open and its real value came to be known,
the whole global economy would go down the drain. This means that we need a
global bankruptcy reorganization with a whole lot of grace to peel away all the
dead stuff, the worthless debt, speculative debt, gambling debt, and so forth.
We need to rebuild our humanity and its productive potential. That's what we owe
to ourselves. America has the potential to recover itself, if we decide to
create a new renaissance and shut the empires down. This is in essence what
people are buying when they buy our currency, but few are aware of that. They
are buying hope, pure hope based on the grace that we once had and had
demonstrated, which we no longer have, but have the potential to have again.
Deep down some people know in their heart that this grace still exists, hidden
as it is, and denied as it is. It's a risky gamble for any nation to buy
American dollars, but they really have no other choice, because the rest of the
world had already been drowned in the imperial sewer. The governments of Europe
are totally locked into the imperial sewer, right from their very beginning.
They never were free. They weren't designed to ever be free. America was a
glitch in the imperial equation. We had made ourselves free for a few seasons.
We did what no one had done before. The few alert people that remain in today's
world can sense that the whole the world is in much deeper shambles than we are.
They are gambling that America's leadership will we have enough strength left to
grasp the freedom once more that its Constitution and history represents, the
freedom from empire, and create itself the new renaissance that America was once
famous for. People are gambling on our grace. I only hope that we will some day
live up to their expectation and not let the honest people down that remembered
really believe that the cure of America can be accomplished?" Anton asked.
"Grace is such an esoteric concept. It's not something that one can
"The welfare of mankind depends on the development of grace. That is where
you can quantify it. That is where we were pioneers. We stepped away from the
empire and developed our humanity, our grace. As the result, we were several
times in history the richest country on Earth, and the envy of the world, even
the beacon of human freedom. You, Anton, are a perfect pioneer in this
department of grace. You are the living image of it. Grace is quantified by what
you have already achieved at the conference, right at the beginning when the
agenda was put in place. I wish we could talk about this subject some more at
the conference," I added and smiled. "But would we find anybody
willing to listen? The very concept of grace has been scrapped. The term has
become meaningless to people. The Principle of Universal Love has been trashed.
People will laugh at whoever mentions it."
her head. "You are right, that's not a practical subject for the conference
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