A terrible injustice is taking place on Earth right now. Many of those who resist are sitting in torture chambers belonging to the military, police and intelligence services. Right at this moment, there are hundreds of thousands of people there who are suffering the most unspeakable pain. And yet they continue. This is the standard that we must apply when speaking of global peace work today. Will the screams of the victims continue to go unheard – or will we create a world where there are no more victims?
With these introductory words, sociologist and psychoanalyst Dr. Dieter Duhm begins his book The Sacred Matrix. What follows are twelve clear chapters answering the question, “what can be done to stop global violence and start the globalization of peace?” In order to come to a comprehensive solution, many areas of human knowledge are included: insight from modern science, politics and history, from chaos theory, holography, ecology, as well as spirituality and spiritual healing. The result is a revelation. This writing comes from a human being who is, in the words of the philosopher Karl Jasper, “originally shaken.” He spends little time analyzing the current situation. He writes:
I will abstain from making a definition of evil. When I see how the civilian population is bombed in Chechnya and how hand grenades are thrown into the last basements where the sick and the old still live, then I do not need a definition of evil.
Rather, he needs and seeks a way to end the global madness of violence, whether in Chechnya or Palestine, in Europe or Latin America. Therefore, he must leave behind conventional ways of thinking and by overcoming the limits of normality, enter unknown mental terrain grounded in authentic experience and look into what is really there: into our most intimate longings, hidden deep inside the human psyche; into our universal structures that govern the reality surrounding us; into our past and the rise of patriarchal violence; and into the future, into an ever more concrete vision of a possible planetary peace culture.
Who or what will decide whether the Earth will end in a planetary Holocaust or whether we will be able to change for the better? The answer is the essence of this book – what is described by one chapter title as “The Archimedean Fulcrum” – and that is love. A humane world can only emerge from an open heart. But how can love be merged with the political power of realization? How can the relation between the forces of violence and peace be changed so that an Earth free of violence becomes a real possibility? In precise mental steps, the ideas in the book are woven together into the “Political Theory,” a path by which the seemingly impossible becomes both possible and clearly visible.
These are high-tech solutions for peace. The great dream of global peace is even now within our reach…
“It is one thing to criticise the existing system, but another to live from the principles of a new civilisation. This brilliant, inspiring and courageous book sets out a full agenda for doing so.”