Gaia on SGB
Nice to meet you on SGB. It was election week and I had to come up with an intro to my new book, Gaia and the New Politics of Love. Everyone was excited about the imminent end of the Bush era. The idea of the book is that we need a new politics of love to stay alive on this little planet we’re all stuck on! We need to learn the arts of loving each other or else we will simply kill each other off until the last one of us humans is dead. Ouch!!! If that’s the case, I want to go first!
Notes for a Poly Planet, the subtitle says. What’s a poly planet? Well, that’s the planet we will have when the new politics happens. We’re not sure yet, it’s a prophecy . . .
So, a new politics of love in both senses: a new way of managing the political aspects of love, and a new way of doing politics that is based on love. That’s why I thought that a president born from a passion of love was a good foreboding. Of course he is the president of an empire, and empire that accidentally still calls itself democracy. But his mother and father must have had the hots for each other, don’t you think?!?
Without love “Obama” would not have been born. And he may not be able to resolve all problems, but hey, look at the difference: a child of love brings intelligence, passion, hope, good faith, eloquence, beauty, elegance, all back into politics. Woooooow! It’s almost overwhelming! Love manifests the presence of this elected emperor on a planet that is per se poly, except we don’t know it yet, and it manifests as he brings a new way of doing politics that is about love, and hope, as he says.
Notice the epigraphs. Aren’t they wonderful? I did not write them, of course, just chose them and put them in the right place.
From “Ecologies of a Playful Earth”
Some say an army of horsemen, or infantry, a fleet of ships is the fairest thing on the face of the black earth, but I say it's what one loves. This is very easily understandable . . . for each of us. She who far surpassed the beauty of all, Helen, just went and left her noble husband, sailing she went far away to Troy
Sappho of Lesbos, 7th Century BCE
Our mission is to affect planetary consciousness, nurture spiritual and ecological disciplines, disseminate ancient wisdom, and put forth ways to transmute cultural dissonance and violence into service
North Atlantic Books, 2008
Some individuals can be exposed to HIV and yet do not become infected . . . some . . . become infected but do not progress toward immunodeficiency. . . . It is possible that the mechanisms . . . are the same. . . . The objective is to make [the] immune system fully competent.
Luc Montagnier, Nobel Laureate in Medicine, October 21, 2008
I have no utterance left, my tongue is broken down, and straightway a subtle fire has run under my skin, with my eyes I have no sight, my ears ring, sweat pours down, and a trembling seizes all my body
Sappho of Lesbos, 7th Century BCE
There is a certain thrill in writing this introduction to a book on the politics of love as the world prepares to welcome the first non-white male leader of the most powerful empire of our time. The child of a passionate encounter among the world’s most diverse lands and people, this multiracial, multicultural leader is emblematic of the metamorphosis that is transforming the only surviving superpower into a global network of interconnected symbiotic systems that need to sustain each other if we want our species to stay alive. This transformation is similar to the one Ovid predicted in The Metamorphosis, the pagan bible of the Augustan age in the Roman empire. The blessings of having this passionate leader devote himself to the dynamic well being of our habitats is proportional to the world’s desire to welcome love anew, as the force that knows no borders, that has no boundaries, and that an age of fear, ignorance, and self-destruction has rendered especially scarce. The magic of this is evidence of the theory that the Earth is alive, that it is no inert matter, but a body whose complex interconnected biology science can study.
1-From Gaia and the New Politics of Love by Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio, published by North Atlantic Books, distributed by Random House, copyright © 2009 by Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio. Reprinted by permission of publisher.