Dr. Dieter Duhm, born in 1942, is a psychoanalyst and sociologist and author of several books, including, The Sacred Matrix and Fear in Capitalism. In the German student movement of 1968, he was one of the main figures in the so-called "emancipation debate" concerning the connection between political work and personal liberation. In spite of several offers to become a professor, Duhm left the university and his political work and became the initiator of the "Plan of Peace Research Villages and Healing Biotopes". Today, he participates in Tamera, a center for art and healing. He has started to build up a global cooperative for a future without war. Interesting the difference between different forms psychoanalysis which take a person inward to heal themselves where as the more American behavioral psychology is more about the control of human behavior. The difference is that between unfolding potential, which is the definition of evolution; and that of control and domination, the definition of tyranny.
(both images from: http://www.tamera.org/index.php?id=194&L=0
The Tamera Peace Research Center is full of tree-hugging folks who take seriously the commandment to " love thy neighbor as thyself ." By saying neighbor, they don't just mean fellow human beings. Neighbors are inclusive of birds, bees, and plants. Indeed, they are inclusive of water, air, and land, acknowledging these as living parts of the ecosphere, with a voice if we only have ears to listen. T amera's aim is to develop an example or model of nonviolent co-existence among people and between people and Nature. Indeed, Tamera appears to make no distinction in community between the ecology of the place and the people.
Approximately 150 people live, work and study peacefully within the ecological system of Tamera. The SolarVillage Testfield, the Temple of Love, the Political Ashram, and the School of Hope for children are further projects in Tamera. In community with all at Tamera, the inhabitants work to reintegrate human life into the basic laws of the universe and the earth, in the name of affection for all creatures, all children, and love.
Can we do the same? Or do we stay stuck in the "same old"? Whose choice is it really? Yours? Or Theirs? Is their ability to live, love, and labor transparently and peacefully just a fluke, an outlier, or do we all have this potential?
Is this a possible world that we can bring forth: a world founded in love for the generations to come?
Abused Child by Vasai.wordpress
Abused Child by Vasai.wordpress
In an interview with Envision This , Benjamin Von Mendelssohn states that while Tamera is communal, it is not meant to deny individuality. Perhaps they truly understand the United States motto, E Pluribus Unim, "In the Many One" much better than Americans caught up in the corporate lie of standardization do. As such, the thrust at Tamera is to get people to discuss on a communal level what is now considered private. They hold weekly forums in which community members openly discuss all issues within the community, including even the sexual issues.
Would this get rid of the "I'll do with my spouse (or my kids) what I damn well please" mentality? Yes, the community has a stake in that little girl pictured above who will become a grown woman. Do we want her beaten up in body, mind and spirit? Or do we want her strong and confident within herself? They say the basic sense of trust begins at mother's breast. Do you think this child has any sense of trust? How would she best serve the community of all beings living around her? How do we cultivate that?
I think of the story of Adam and Eve in this regard. What if we consider nudity as being more than a body without clothing; but as our being who we are in our essence and being able to present that to the world? What brings us shame in the world? Do you think that girl in the picture above feels shame? What could bring her and us peace within ourselves and the ability to reveal that "ourness?" Could it be our presence is a present to the world? Is it an accident that the two words, present and presence are so closely related? Is it also an accident that present also means here and now? How does the reader feel in thinking of himself or herself as a present in her presentation to the world in this present moment? Can you be who you are in your naked essence and know YOU are a present to the world? Or, do you fear the fate of that little girl if you were to be yourself, fully transparent and apparent to the world?
Has our current alienated mindset and lifestyle, enshrined in a fear-and-scarcity-based control and domination ethos, created a condition like the one presented by the rock band Pink Floyd?
Wouldn't we rather create a world grounded in love and safety like that spoken by the children of Tamera? Is Tamera your tomorrow, perhaps?