We are sitting in front of ruins. At some point every one of us will be sitting in front of ruins – the ruins of our dreams, the ruins of our love, the ruins of our family, the ruins of our existence, the ruins of the Earth. Somewhere there is always war on Earth and within ourselves. It no longer makes sense to bargain one’s way out of it, only because one happens to be feeling better. The next crash is bound to come, and this applies to our human relationships as well as to our social systems. So before we get up too quickly and too thoughtlessly, we may as well just stay seated in front of the debris – a memorial to reflect on the eternal ruins of the world we built. Something must have always gone wrong! Some sort of systematic mistake must be inherent in our efforts and endeavors that continuously contributes to this catastrophic outcome. We can not and do not want to believe in any old message of salvation anymore because they too lie in ruins. Nor can we simply stand up and start something new, because we already anticipate the same thing happening. But we also cannot sit here forever.

Is our species having a mental breakdown – a real brain defect, like Arthur Koestler pointed out? Has evolution irreversibly gone in the wrong direction? Is the same fate now being sealed for humans as it was for dinosaurs: collective extinction due to a lack of conformity with the conditions of existence of the biosphere?

After all, isn’t it a great relief when we finally, once and for all acknowledge what Ulrich Horstmann said in his magnificent satire about “The Beast,” that anthropofugal man will not rest and relax until he has reached his goal: the ultimate annihilation of himself and his fellow human beings, the final extinction of all memory of our species, the permanent liberation of the bare earth from the rubbish of all organic matter? It can be appealing to think in this way – something new and free draws a new force into our cells and lets them breathe a deeper sigh of relief than with any new proclamation of salvation. But even this vision of the downfall does not stand up to reality, at least not in humans that are in a state of joy, not in lovers, and also not given the overwhelming charm of little children. He who loves cannot want the downfall. And because he doesn’t want it, he also cannot believe in it! Is that how subjectively determined the truths are that we believe or don’t believe in? Yes, that’s how subjective they are! For the world has no objectivity outside of us; the world is full of subjectivity, and it depends solely on us – on our love, our faith, our thinking and our will – whether it perishes or not.

Besides the objective reality there is the subjective reality: the reality of thinking, feeling, wishing, praying and above all, the reality of the heart. It is perhaps the deepest and greatest and most powerful among them. What seizes and touches us so deeply when we meet a one-year-old child who tells us something important with great zeal and many incomprehensible words? What fills us so spontaneously with love and heart power? Or when we see how the child looks and participates in the world with tremendous alertness and big eyes? Isn’t it a kinship between him and us; a way of being that we know, love beyond all measure, and have lost? Let us imagine that the life and development of all people could continue in this childlike direction: what a beautiful, different, larger and more real world it would be; what a completely different kind of adult would emerge! Or go further in the mind and think about the secret dreams during and after puberty, about the meaning of the flowery scents, evening moods, signs of home. What was it that made us so foreboding?

Was it not like the foretaste and unspoken vision of a coming life that looked very different from the one that actually happened? Mignon’s song of longing and Werther’s suffering – are they not the dream of a world that could not come into being under the structures and conditions of so-called reality? Does everthing have to stay that way? Do the hidden visions of love, sexual fulfillment and human homeland have less potential for realization than the current laws of profit, career and power? There is an infinite and infinitely unfulfilled vision of life in the heart, which we can no longer leave to our romantic feelings if we want to understand and realize them. The power of the heart has to unite with the power of the mind, so that something can come into being that makes sense and from the outset does not again miss an essential part of our overall human reality. But thinking is no longer to displace the heart; it is to serve it and help it to come fully into existence. A knowing love and a thinking heart are the powers of a future of love and of children. The forthcoming revolution is also the final end of the eternal war which mankind has waged against its own love powers. To some extent, it has not even been waged intentionally, but simply because no compatible thinking and no suitable social organization could be developed for the evolution of the heart power. So we rise from our ruins with the most certain insights and the clear intention to build systems in which the powers of the heart and the powers of the mind can evolve and unite with each other.

The human being has caused all these ruins. The human being is the root of history and the source of the problem. The human being is therefore also the source of knowledge and its solution.