The New Decalogue
This is a DIY/ASAP kind of list, to make present our predicament to ourselves:
1. All children must be raised without violence or threat of any kind.
All formal or home schooling just take place in a safe environment where
violence and threats are non-existent. No official or institutional bullying
will be tolerated.
All processes of production and consumption must occur within the parameters of
a sustainable eco-system.
All damaged eco-systems must be repaired.
All weapons systems must be of a defensive character.
All national and local governments must either submit to citizen reviews every
three years or become fully democratic with elections every four years.
All nation states will work pragmatically toward world government.
All tax systems will guarantee basic income for all respective citizens.
All forms of government shall be based upon the rule of contemporary rational
legal rubrics without reference to previous worldviews or belief systems.
10. The greater good shall be defined as if the world is each one’s beloved.
Ultimately to be found at the end of the Kristen-Seraphim saga…
click on this link to open an internet PDF of the cover of my new novel, Forgetting the Dreamtime: a novel of growing up.
Sixteen year old Kristen has had quite enough of following her evangelical parents’ copious rules. But although up to her neck in both disobedience and discipline, she nevertheless suddenly finds herself at the heart of a mystery more profound than anything her willful imagination could have conjured. A challenge so deep that it will effect not only her own fate, but that of the species itself. And, ironically, it will require all of the power of her remaining faith in attempting to overcome it.
“A coming of age story in the widest and most important sense, Loewen’s characters will at first dismay and then inspire, as we follow his plucky and precocious heroine and her intellectual beau straight into the abyss of life’s meaning in our own time.”
from Austin-Macauley publishers, London.
I am delighted to announce that my study on contemporary health discourses has appeared with Peter Lang. See the non-fiction book page list for links and a brief description.
My first anthology of short fiction appeared on October 31st: Shooting at Morals.
Here’s what the publisher has to say:
A man dies, yet lives on to tell about it; another man travels to Vegas seeking the base but instead finds the noble; a young woman too eager to please gets in over her head; a young man mistakes cowardice for revolution; and a teenager decides to take justice into her own hands. All these and others find themselves Shooting at Morals. But they also find that when they do so, morals can, and do, shoot back.
“Veteran non-fiction author and philosopher Loewen turns to fiction. The results will amuse you. Disturb you. Shock you. Shooting at Morals: truly the most dangerous game of all.”