About the series of novels:

The Lodging for the Rose

 by Rolf A. F. Witzsche

The series comprises 12 novels 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 that is fast unfolding, the Cold War novel is becoming relevant again for its unique perspective of the nuclear-war danger. It presents a minimalist scenario on a scale so small that it seems almost unbelievable, which is nevertheless too horrific in scope to be ever allowed to come upon us. In order to help turn the 'ship' around the Cold War novel had been designed to bring out the brightness of our humanity in its brightest dimension amidst the darkness of a torn world, unfolding even in this darkness a deeply humanist sphere with an ever-widening love at the grassroots level. However, the issue of universal love is still 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 novel, Brighter than the Sun, might be seen as a preface for the series.

The series, The Lodging for the Rose, was written to help meet an urgent need, though it rarely focuses directly on it . 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. The danger remains today as great as it had been in the mid-1980s when the initial work on the series of novels 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, the work was impelled by the unyielding need to explore the brighter 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 the mid-1980s to be used at a moment's notice. 

We have far fewer nuclear bombs deployed now, only 20,000 of them, with as many kept in reserve, but their face in our human world remains as threatening as it always has been, even more so now as new bombs are being build again and 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 for avoiding the final doom that the nuclear-weapons insanity makes increasingly likely. However, 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 respect one-another, to love the profound humanity that we all share as human beings, which we close our eyes to in so many ways in order to avoid having to acknowledge it.

The chorus of those who call for the nuclear bomb to be used is getting louder again instead of softer. The so-called 'balance' that society had trusted its existence to for decades, which has kept the nukes locked 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. We find little hope left that we can survive war under the unfolding new circumstances with weapons becoming increasingly more destructive while the newest of them are now threatening the whole of mankind with near extinction.

Regardless of this growing danger in a world of increasing insanity we remain what we always were, human beings, and as such we are not bound to the promise of doom that we give to one another. As human beings we have the ability create ourselves a way out of this trap. 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 a higher level of thinking acting where we find our heritage 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 to restore civilization whenever mankind's light had gone out and the world had become dark. It is here, in this principle, that we can still find a justified hope and the power to fulfill it.

This one principle is unique in that it has no name that one could cite, because it has been given many names by different people in different ages to identify something that is unspeakably profound. However, the principle can be described. One might describe it as the Principle of Universal Love, or as the most ancient principle there is that gave rise to what we now call a civilization. This principle was also Plato's principle and Solon's before him. Later it became the principle of Christianity. But all the bright sparks of its unfolding became lost again over time in the shadows of the overbearing inhumanity of imperial impositions. Only when the growing darkness covered the earth once more so deeply that entire centuries became successive dark ages, when it seemed that the world couldn't get any blacker, was the light of this one principle remembered again. It was brought back. The principle was applied. In its unfolding light, almost explosively, a profound new renaissance dawned. 

Actually the profound age of renaissance that started with the Golden Renaissance, didn't just happen. It appears to have been intensively created by a process that 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 the stage for a vast cultural renewal with a new image for the human being. The result became what is now called the Golden Renaissance.  The root of the unfolding light of that Renaissance was the one principle that always comes to the foreground when the world needs to be rebuild. The Principle of Universal Love gives us the power to do this rebuilding. All roads in the search for a brighter humanity have historically lead to this one principle, the Principle of Universal Love. 

The series of novels, The Lodging for the Rose, has been created to explore the numerous paths in which this principle unfolded, but more importantly, to explore also the paths of its unfolding 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 even been attempted 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 often deemed treason, and where mankind is more deeply divided sexually and by marriage than it is divided in any other sphere including the political, ethnic, and religious spheres.

The exploration for the series of novels became a most challenging exercise, but one that is rich 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, this kind of exploration puts great challenges onto the table, but those appear only huge in comparison with the 'smallness' of the currently prevailing thinking that has put us into great danger. Facing those dangers does not imply that the Principle of Universal Love needs to be pursued primarily for political objectives to save civilization, though this would be the outcome. That approach 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 where love illumines the human scene. Love is its own gem, and is precious for its own sparkle.

Just think how many quadrillions of miles one would have to traverse to the distant places in the universe before one might come upon another civilization of living beings with anywhere near the creativity, culture, beauty, and the productive power to uplift an entire world that we human beings have developed right here and with a vast potential for more that remains still dormant and unrealized. The greatest gem that we know to exist in the universe of life, truly is 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, what is?

The series, The Lodging for the Rose, presents a twelve-part earth-based science fantasy centered on the 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 even erotic love. Still its focus is always located with 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.

The series, The Lodging for the Rose, explores the Principle of Universal Love in a world where it 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 return of the Ice Age that might come upon us in possibly a hundred years time.

The suspense in the stories of the series of  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 as much as possible, even in the background to history. The flow of the novels is powered by unfolding 'intimacies' of love that are not dimmed by long-taught emotions of 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 '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 a people "clothed with the sun"  and we always will be that in spite of the darkness that we've allowed to come upon us as we have done many times before. 

The truth of what we are isn't change by the darkness. A diamond that has fallen into the mud remains a diamond still. The truth of what we are as human beings doesn't bend with the winds of circumstances no matter how stormy and dim the world may become from time to time as we choose to close our eyes to our own light and cower in fear, 'hiding' from ourselves. While our history has been like that, its pattern has also shown that after even the deepest 'night' there emerged always a new 'sunrise,' a new renaissance of love. Today's challenge is to take this pattern of history one step higher and closer to the light, whereby we might assure that there won't be any more 'night' in the future. We have the power to do this. Nor is there any real magic involved in the realization of it. Only love is involved. That is enough.


Rolf A. F. Witzsche - October 2006

more articles about the series

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 and universal love

Is it a Privilege to Love


The Globalization of Peace

The Nature of Love

 The Tragedy of the Rose



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