CENTER FOR THE THEORY & PRACTICE OF LOVE
Love, Properly Understood, is the Most Powerful Social Force Available to Humankind
- It's Our Only Hope -
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"...love is the only...satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence...any society which excludes...the development of love, must in the long run perish of its own contradiction with the basic necessities of human nature."
-- Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving, 1956, p.148
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"...solidarity...and love...may assert themselves secondarily as private acts of philanthropy or kindness, but they are not part of the basic structure of our social relations."
-- Erich Fromm, The Sane Society, 1955, p.127
Love, properly understood, is the most powerful social force available to humankind. Indeed, the increasingly complex problems of today, informed by technology, such as hacking and other cyber-crime, and ego, such as terrorism, cannot be resolved any other way. Just how many laws can be written? And those inclined to do harm don't obey the law, anyway. The only realistic way to address the many complex problems of this new epoch is to forestall their occurrence in the first place through a change in the human heart, such that our brothers and sisters will not transgress against other brothers and sisters in the first place.
In the realm of health, regarding cancer, actress Fran Drescher said, "Prevention is the cure," and this insightful and clever notion is precisely what I'm advocating as the only realistic solution to the primary problematic of humankind--the pain that we continually cause each other.
My proposed solution could happen through the reconstitution of global society from profit and ego to brotherly love, as Love, properly understood, is a force and principal so powerful that it easily forms the basis for 1.) interpersonal relations and interaction, and 2.) an entire modern global economy.
Thus must and does the CENTER FOR THE THEORY & PRACTICE OF LOVE seek to replace our current global system of ego-capitalism, which is morally and economically illogical, pernicious, insidious, superfluous, rickety, and by any measure obsolete, with a Love-oriented commune-ist, system, a historical notion that, so far remains an essentially theoretical posit. Relevant thought includes that of figures such as Erich Fromm, Karl Marx, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., while that of figures such as Lenin, Mao, Castro, and Guevara is explicitly and categorically rejected.
My vehicles for revolution include those listed and linked below: prose (books, articles), poetry (my book-length poem entitled simply "Love"), original recorded music (MESSAGE OF HOPE), a radio program BROTHERHOOD-OF-MAN-RADIO, man-in-the street conversation and interaction, and correspondence.
Love--it's the only way.
The Center also applies, selectively, its unique combination of intellect and morality to human socio-existential problems that sometimes arise, such as the historic, yet-unresolved pandemic of 2020.
Shorthand for the name of the DE BENEDETTO CENTER FOR THE THEORY & PRACTICE OF LOVE is the DCTPL, CTPL, or simply the DC, for the DE BENEDETTO CENTER, after this writer, its Founder (and his Father, artist Frank Salvatore De Benedetto, a key influence).
This site, its official Internet home, went live, appropriately, September 11, 2020, the 19th anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks. Love, and likely Love, alone, properly understood and thus properly exercised, could have prevented that attack.
Upon learning of, or personally experiencing one or more acts of human transgression, from corporate crime that injures or kills, to political terrorism, to domestic acts of violence whether political or that from a school shooting, to even smaller, yet still injurious and painful acts like discourtesy, insensitivity, or bullying of children or even adults from co-workers, neighbors, or even family members, many are perplexed or even confounded, and ask "Why?"
"Why would people behave this way? Why would they hurt others so badly? How can they do that?" "Why would people behave this way, causing injury, whether physical, psychological, or both, to one or more other people?"
These, of course, while comprehensible (i.e. understandable) questions, are the wrong ones.
In fact, the correct question is: "Why wouldn't they act this way?"
What countervailing force exists in society to prevent such behavior? To meaningfully discourage people from behaving this way? There's no real love ethic in this world. Study, and broad implementation, of the Love ethic, that is, a standard of behavior based on Love, would do the trick--but this does not presently exist in the world.
How many of us were required, at any stage of our education, from kindergarten, to graduate, medical or law school, or beyond, to take even a single course in Love?
The answer: no one.
People act without Love because 1.) they don't learn Love, or learn it properly, and 2.) Love is not reinforced. There's no consistent, comprehensive, formal social mechanism preventing or strongly discouraging them from injuring others. Religious or spiritual traditions usually advocate Love, but, like the notion of "random acts of kindness," these are usually hit-or-miss affairs that have no meaningful impact on the general human pattern of "everybody-injure-everybody," that is, the reality that we all hurt each other in myriad ways, all the time.
"Who," you might then ask, "is fighting to create a 'consistent, comprehensive, formal social mechanism' to build a fully loving world?"
I am. The aforementioned objective is precisely that of my work, writing and teaching through the DE BENEDETTO CENTER FOR THE THEORY & PRACTICE OF LOVE. There is a tiny handful of others working in this area, as well. At another of my key sites, THE AGAPE ORDER, I have a page called "Mentors" that displays photographs of seven or eight persons who have also fought, or are fighting, meaningfully for Love.
I've committed the remaining years of my life to saving the world by teaching what I know to be the only thing that can save it--Love, properly understood. Yet concomitantly (i.e. at the same time) I caregive a parent full-time, by myself, thus cannot work, so I survive on a shoestring. My life is difficult and has been so for over 20 years now. I elect for the task of teaching Love not because I want it, but because of a sense of duty to the human family. I have conceived the most powerful knowledge in the world, the most powerful knowledge that one could obtain, or ever be obtained, so I must use and transmit it. Though I do this as a duty, there is little else I could be doing with my years that is more important.
I'm doing nothing less than attempting to build a miracle. The miracle that humanity must have.
HUMANKIND AT ITS BEST
Try to imagine Humankind at its absolute best.
Actualization (pron. ACK shewel iz AY shn) is the process by which an organism (i.e. a living thing) or group of organisms achieves the fullest level of development for which it is capable, in one, some, or every regard; that is, it fully realizes its every latency and potentiality in one, some, or every regard.
The objective of the DE BENEDETTO CENTER FOR THE THEORY & PRACTICE OF LOVE is to facilitate actualization of our human species through pedagogy on, advocacy for, research on, and practice of, Love, that is, brotherly love, properly understood; Agape (pron. uh GOH pay) in the language of Greek philosophy. These latter two means are laboratory research and field practice, to facilitate understanding as to how best to constitutionalize Love, that is, facilitate its official, formal inclusion as a foundational principle in a new paradigm of global social organization. At such time that humanity finally comes together as a human family, its official Constitution or other principal founding document must have Love as the first word of the text.
Actualization is a penultimate final elevation that cannot happen under any system of class rule, including our present global form, capitalism, and its psycho-emotional symbiont, ego (together, ego-capitalism). Thus must the elimination of capitalism, itself, occur prior to, or concomitant with, the establishment of the new community.
Accordingly, the elimination of capitalism is a key objective of the DE BENEDETTO CENTER, and must be for society, itself, as well, if it is to actualize. This is no reflexive or doctrinaire claim against capitalism: to actualize our species, at most, and prevent its destruction, at least, we must build a Love-centered world. If capitalism were innately receptive to this necessary endeavor there would be no call for its dissolution--but clearly, it's not. As a philosopher, a philosopher of Love, specifically, I must be unsentimental in my analysis of, and subsequent call to eliminate, that which emasculates humankind and inhibits its actualization, and equally direct in my call for that which must replace it.
Specifically, I seek to establish the Brotherhood of Man, roughly analogous to the Beloved Community of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a society underpinned categorically by the moral imperative, that is, Love, such that people simply could not, and thus would not, injure other people, because their consciences simply wouldn't permit it. The moral imperative of such a society being simply that ubiquitous and strong.
Please join this effort!
If the prescription of the Center is a shift in the direction and capacities of the human heart, how does this answer differ from that of virtually any theology? Why not merely join a religion, or re-commit to existing religious doctrines and affiliations?
In large measure because of what the work of the Center recognizes as the critical implication of its prescription: a change in economic relationships and, indeed, the global economy, itself. You'll be hard pressed to find any organized, popular theology, from Christianity to Buddhism that asserts, as does my work and thus the Center, that a fully loving society cannot exist under a capitalist system, or indeed any system of class rule, and thus the implication of the assertion that humanity must officially and fully commit to Love is that capitalism, itself, must be eliminated.
The change called for by my work is sufficiently sweeping and radical that it requires that we rebuild our global society from the ground up.
Does the Center root its morality or socio-existential prescription in any notion of God? The fact is, Love and the "Love Ethic" have been claimed by a number of religious and other belief systems, Christianity notable among them for its strong and explicit emphasis on Loving one's neighbor, as the second great commandment of Christ.
While the philosophy of the Center does not, itself, root in a notion of God, neither does it denigrate such notions, and, in fact, if you are a religious believer, affiliation with the work of the Center, with its explicit emphasis on Love, properly understood, can strengthen the adherence to Love that your theology probably already requires, and even provide you a deeper understanding of what Love is, and what is realistically required to practice it personally, as well as instruct in its utilization as a leverage to rebuild our entire global society--including our global economy. Part of the power of Love is its scalability, in this manner.
Last, my paradigm will do for you what no religion really appears to do: describe in detail how to love others in a culture where such behavior and perspective is grossly misunderstood and devalued, and in the main does not underpin social or economic behavior, relationships, or thinking.
KEY RESOURCES & LINKS
CONSIDER THE MESSENGER
Established wisdom asserts that in assessing any message, "consider the messenger." As regards this Internet resource, CTPL, I'm that messenger, Vincent Frank De Benedetto. Here are four key descriptive characteristics and achievements:
Attempting to save the world by teaching Love, properly understood, is not my only contribution to this planet and our human family. I also make subsidiary or incidental contributions as warranted. For example, I have the solution to the global Coronavirus pandemic of 2020.
Additionally, in 2003 I researched, authored, and widely disseminated a formal 6-page proposal to attempt to thwart the imminent war with Iraq, scheduled to begin in a matter of hours. I received a rather ardent and genuine "Thank You" from Elbert Garcia, Congressional Page at that time in the Washington office of Congressman Charles B. Rangel.
A comprehensive descriptive summary of my social, political, familial, intellectual, and other roles can be found at my personal website.
BOOKS UNDER DEVELOPMENT
LOVE: IT'S OUR ONLY HOPE (Seminal work whose release is critical--assist me!)
THE AGAPE ARGUMENT AGAINST BREXIT. Britain must remain in the European Union, as this cooperative bloc can be understood as part of the movement toward a unified world, which is a characteristic of the BROTHERHOOD OF MAN, the establishment of which is the singular objective of all my work.
The principle objective of the CTPL is explicated, above.
The CTPL is headquartered in New Jersey, U.S.A.
All content at this site, and all my sites, is © 2020 Vincent Frank De Benedetto. Please respect my work.
The Center also devotes itself selectively to other very large-dimension social issues and problems. For example, I've presently conceived and proffered the only viable plan to permanently end the Coronavirus pandemic.
THE FSD GROUP, parent company of the CTPL, seeks a support staff. Candidates could work for any division of THE FSD GROUP, including the DE BENEDETTO CENTER. Regardless of which division you work for, you'll share very generously in all profit generated by any company division.
Ideal candidates would 1.) agree with the mission of the Center: creation of a love-centered world, and 2.) be fans of 1980s-style heavy metal, as central to my roster of projects is a musical project, commercial to earn vast income but of the same thematic, Love, as all my work.
Team members required first are Web Designer and Personal Assistant/Operations Manager. The nature of the work, primarily telephone calls and Internet research, can be undertaken anywhere in the world, so place of residence of Team Members is of lesser importance. Nor must Team Members work a minimum number of hours each week: five, three, or even two hours a week would be significant and appreciated.
As 1.) my projects are highly commercial, 2.) they are numerous and varied, and 3.) I am considered a unique and talented thinker and writer, as well as musician, inventor, and more, I reasonably anticipate vast earnings. And when I earn big--so will loyal Team Members.
Contact me, Vincent Frank De Benedetto, and the CTPL by email at firstname.lastname@example.org (telephone access pending). I presently maintain over thirty web sites, each of which I conceived, researched, wrote, and built, and all of which are explicit or implicit in their advocacy for the creation of a Love-Centered World (LCW), the BROTHERHOOD OF MAN.
In fact, a participant in a Philosophy chat room recently complimented me on, as I recall his word, my "immense" body of work. In fact, my efforts to save the world are contained in this multimedia body, all in support of my thesis, explicitly or implicitly, directly or indirectly. My longstanding musical release is one celestial body resident in this universe.
Does the DE BENEDETTO CENTER FOR THE THEORY & PRACTICE OF LOVE require financial, and other assistance?
What do you think?
Supporting my work is just about the most important single act of good toward the world, present and future, that you can do, for my work intends to eliminate the force that I term "nonLove" (© 2020 Vincent Frank De Benedetto) that has, and without question will continue to, undermine and thwart every attempt to really improve this world.
I've committed the remaining years of my life to saving the world by teaching what I know to be the only thing that can save it--Love, properly understood. Yet concomitantly (i.e. at the same time) I caregive a parent full-time, by myself, thus cannot work, so I survive on a shoestring, and my life has not been easy, nor is it, now. I elect for this task of teaching Love, properly understood, not because I want it, but because of a sense of duty to the human family. I have conceived the most powerful knowledge in the world, the most powerful knowledge that one could obtain, or could ever be obtained, so I must use and transmit it.
But I do need your assistance with money, and if possible, tasks. There are very, very few people working, or working seriously, in this area of social science. If you recognize just how unique, powerful, and critical my work is, I will take all the financial--and other--support you wish to give. Please start by donating as much as you can, as often as you can. A substantial recurring donation would be ideal; you'd be a recurring patron.
Do your part!
Brothers and Sisters, I can assure you that there is no more important contribution you can make to this world. Your children, and theirs, and theirs will be living in this world for a long, long, long time.
What kind of world will it be?
That's up to you.
REQUIRED NEXT EXPENDITURES
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If you are a neighbor residing near me at my New Jersey residence, the new headquarters for the DE BENEDETTO CENTER, note, importantly, that it's unlikely that I can produce the superlative, premier-level scholarship required to save the world, as explicated (i.e. explained methodically, in detail) above, given the pernicious and interminable distractions constantly occurring in this neighborhood. These distractions are principally twofold: A.) the murderous, interminable (i.e. never-ending) din of leafblowers and other lawn equipment, and B.) the insensitivity, general lack of decency and cooperation, and persona non grata treatment that I presently receive from most of you, most of the time.
Believe it or not, in 2003 while on the telephone with Washington (yes, that Washington), speaking with Elbert Garcia in the office of Harlem Congressman Charles B. Rangel, I had to contend with the distracting sound of vigorous basketball playing by children directly outside my window, complete with pounding vibration of the ball against asphalt and the shouts of play.
Nor do I have unlimited time to complete this work. My life was relatively stress-free prior to moving here. Since then, however, based on the cruel, thoughtless, and narcissistic treatment my family has received in this neighborhood from several quarters, many insults to body and mind over the arc of years, I'd estimate the balance of my lifespan to be no more than 20 years--if that.
Through my work I can put this urban town on the map--but not if this neighborhood remains obtuse and morally confused, hostile to the preferences and needs of myself and my family. And need #1 is silence, or near-silence.
The key need for silence, or near-silence, intends not just to provide me, an important writer, an environment in which I can work, as critical to the future of humanity as this is, but also because my Mother, whom I caregive, is 89 years old and ill. Caregiving is difficult and the regular din that occurs here makes it even more difficult: it's highly intrusive, often interrupting delicate moments of care, for example. Moreover, when someone is very ill, respect and a proper consideration should be proffered. Constant loud noise is highly inappropriate, and does not comprise, and is indeed opposed to, such a posture of sensitivity. It suggests that the neighborhood is ignorant of, unconcerned with, or not in social and emotional communion with the family in pain.
Brothers and Sisters, I often wonder, and consider its answer a key barometer for the future of our species, whether American, or even global culture could ever produce another Einstein. Could a person with an extremely high intellect, and equivalent impulse toward achievement, flourish today? Given the inordinate level of distraction today, including leafblowers and other noise, pornography, smartphones, financial difficulty and economic hardship and want, endless human conflict on every scale, and underpinning it all, the continuing, near-immutable fact of our simple human stupidity (read, for example: climate change, and now coronavirus)?
Could the human species ever produce another Einstein, seminal, revolutionary thinker in physical science, or perhaps even his equivalent in the social sciences?
It doesn't look good.
Einstein Query Update
October 04, 2020
I realized that there is a question concerning intellectual excellence related to, and even more fundamental than, that, above.
This question and related explication will appear in my book-under-development THE DECLINE OF MIND, of which a second body of study and writing titled GRASS NOT GREENER, also in development, will find inclusion as a chapter or section, or conclude as a discrete (i.e. standalone) work, likely under that title.
This latter body argues categorically against the legalization and even decriminalization of the drug marijuana, as said liberalizations would comprise a catastrophic assist in the decline of the human mind, driving the descent of humankind one or more full orders of magnitude toward the complete inactualization of the human mind.
Make Your Decision
You probably find the required sensitivity, courtesy, and consideration implied here to avoid such conflict, alien. This is not a culture, national or global, based on Love, certainly not Love, properly understood, and neither the Orthodox Judaism of some of you, nor the Christianity of other of you, appears sufficient to the task of generating a meaningful increase in awareness, or elevation of morality. However, it's what is required to meet the dual needs I've just described, as well as to begin to build a world of Love.
Orthodox or not, Christian or not, like most people, you're probably using your religion for every reason except the right one. Perhaps some of you are sensitive toward, or do extend courtesies to, persons of your own faith or group. If you so restrict your Love, however, you're missing the point, entirely.
Regarding the shifts in behavior and attitude that I'm suggesting, then, you'll have to make a decision. But make it the correct one--the future of myself and my Mother, and our human family, itself, depend on it.
In fact, I believe that one day an evolved moral awareness will form the basis for the newest movement for Love, following #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter. We'll call it #LoveThyNeighbor.
Remember--you read it here, first.
Note: if the level and kind of intellect, and morality, informing all you've been reading on this page strikes you as unique, powerful, and, indeed, vital to retain and build upon for our community, country, and indeed global society, I again urge full cooperation with me in every way, especially the establishment of silence, as well as your all-important financial support.
- IT'S OUR ONLY HOPE -
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