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Evelin Lindner: The Role of Dignity and Humiliation for Love and Sexuality

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Published on Oct 31, 2011

"The Role of Dignity and Humiliation for Love and Sexuality" is a video clip that was recorded on October 30, 2011, in Portland, Oregon, USA, by Linda Hartling, for the World Dignity University initiative.
"Gender, Humiliation, and Global Security: Dignifying Relationships from Love, Sex, and Parenthood to World Affairs" (2010) is Evelin Lindner's third book. Archbishop Desmond Tutu contributed with a Foreword. The book rounds off with an Afterword by Linda Hartling in honor of Jean Baker Miller and Don Klein. The book examines the social and political ramifications of human violations and world crises related to humiliation. It charts how humiliation is conditioned into individuals by large-scale, and systemic social forces. It offers ideas for counteracting the powerful psychological effects of humiliation in order to encourage constructive social, political, and cultural change. The book is being "highly recommended" by Choice (in July 2010).
Quoted from the "Gender, Humiliation, and Global Security" book (p. 96): "Humankind learned to make fire; we learned to burn fossil fuel and utilize its force. We still have a long way to go until we efficiently make use of the force of nonfinite and nonpolluting resources such as the sun, the wind, the movement of waves and tides, geothermal heat, or perhaps even of the zero-point field.
With love, we have not yet even succeeded in making fire. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin opened the Introduction to this book by saying, "Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire."
Our relationship with love is unsophisticated and wasteful. Early hominids were presumably impressed by the force of the fires that at times ravaged the savannah. Likewise, we are impressed by the force of love when it comes down on us like wildfire. Early hominids could not imagine that their successors in the 21st century would succeed in using this force to change almost all aspects of our lives, from powering airplanes to staying connected through the Internet. Similarly, we cannot imagine today that the use of the force of love will change all aspects of human life in the future (under the condition that humankind has not annihilated itself before reaching this new level of expertise)."
See more on www.humiliationstudies.org/whoweare/evelin042.php, and www.humiliationstudies.org/whoweare/evelin02.php.

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