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One psychological defense mechanism against danger is to forget about it. This attitude is as common as it is disastrous. It may turn a limited danger into a fatal difficulty.
The last and most important reason is that the world has become thoroughly interdependent and the time has come for the positive use of this interdependence. International cooperation is obviously difficult. It lacks any tradition. It is best started by modest activities that are obviously in everyone’s interest. War-prevention by defense seems to be a good candidate for such cooperation. This would be particularly true if the effort would be both modest and effective. This book is an excellent example of an international initiative that with a minimal effort could have a maximal beneficial effect. It describes simple procedures of individual defensive measures which should be used in many areas of danger including those where it is wrongly believed that defense is impossible. It can be used in advanced countries and in countries at an early stage of development. Electronics makes the book available throughout the world.
This book will not satisfy the demands of those who are interested only in final solutions. Indeed, I do not believe that final solutions exist. The more important and difficult a problem is the more it becomes evident that the answer lies in a careful development consisting of small steps. This book prepares us, throughout the world, for one of the small steps that must be taken if the twenty-first century is to escape the curse of war.
The style and nature of Bohme’s work led to the resurrection of an old word, theosophy. The great scholar of the Kabbalah Gershom Scholem defined the word thus: “Theosophy signifies a mystical doctrine, or school of thought, which purports to perceive and describe the mysterious workings of the Divinity… . Theosophy postulates a kind of divine emanation whereby God, abandoning his self-contained repose, awakens to mysterious life… . Theosophists in this sense were Jacob Bohme and William Blake.” Theosophy, then, presupposes the ability of the seer to envision the inward origin of the universe and give an account of the objective being of the divinity.
Bohme frequently attracts and has long attracted those with an irresistibly gnostic cast of mind. When his works first appeared in the seventeenth century, those seeking a theological gnosis (whether that was a word the seeker would recognize as valid or not) could draw on only the Hermetica and the condemned works of radical reformers such as Schwenckfeld, Weigel, Franck, and Paracelsus. These latter radical works were often locked into the Reformation debates of previous generations.
What is perhaps most remarkable about Bohme’s works is that he integrated the Renaissance science-occult tradition with the growing movement of mystical Pietism and the broad stream of Paracelsianism. His works read like Hermetic dialogues, but their textual sources were predominantly biblical. If you wanted a gnostic sage to deliver the Christian mystical goods, Bohme was probably your man.
Furthermore, his thinking had powerfully liberating elements of intellectual originality, and Bohme lived the life; he walked the walk as well as talked the talk. He was a holy man who dwelt in the real world, a Protestant who did not protest. His thought went back to the mystics of the “undivided Church,” broke through the squabbles of the “external Church” to the eternal life of the soul, and looked to the future toward a comprehensive divine science.