We are living in apocalyptic times. We see everywhere the miracles of technology, the glossy urban facades and the wealth of the elite, but we also see the oppressed and starving poor, the shocking degradation of nature and a mechanistic culture of war run rampant and out of control.
We have no more urgent need than that of a positive perspective for the future of life on Earth.
So far, our efforts to solve these problems have gone almost entirely towards creating new systems of energy and food production, urban housing, or matters of organization, communication and economy. Only a few visionaries have included human psychology in this research and worked to create holistic, coherent solutions for both humanity and the Earth. One of them is the psychoanalyst Dieter Duhm, leader of the so-called “emancipation debate” during the ‘68 Student Movement in Germany. He writes:
The human being is the cause of his own failure because he disregarded some essential aspects of his own inner world. The inner world consists of the driving powers of his soul, his libidinous longings, his sexuality and animality, his spiritual powers, his hopes and fears, his entire potential of unrecognized and untapped energies.
Forty years after his bestseller Angst im Kapitalismus (Fear in Capitalism), the author presents us with a deep and thoroughly thought out concept that explains a future of peace could be initiated in the world – for all nations, peoples and the natural world. It starts where wars emerge anew every day: in people’s day-to-day coexistence.
Terra Nova is the result of a unique and pioneering work, drawing from more than forty years of research into the construction of functioning communities:
In order to explore the inner structures of a humane form of existence, we needed again and again to review and change the ways in which we coexisted… If one wants to know how humankind functions, one should learn how a group functions, for a group contains all the light and shadow sides of our human existence within it.
The book shows how the peace movement can be organized globally and with what forces it can connect in order to be stronger than the forces of destruction. Yes, it is possible! We can end war on Earth if we truly want it and work for it with all our strength and intelligence.