Love and sexuality
According to Dieter Duhm, the founder of Tamera, "The dream of a new world is not only a subjective wish, but also an authentic matrix for a different life, anchored in the structure of reality; it is an objective necessity and a possibility. The concrete utopia is a latent reality within the universe, just as the butterfly is a reality latent within the caterpillar. It lies in the structure of our physical and biological world, in our genes, and in our deeper ethical orientation."
As part of a new story or myth of the near-future, we can define a new vision of Eros - love and sexuality - which allows for the freeing of love, the fulfillment of desire, without exploitation or manipulation. This is not something that individuals can accomplish on their own. It requires a larger social rewiring. Tamera - a community in Portugal dedicated to peace work, which they believe necessarily means peace in love as well as the asbence of war - is a social laboratory for devising new relationship patterns that are nonpossessive, authentic, and transparent.
The founders of Tamera - which came out of the Leftist movements in Germany in the 1970s - discovered that core issues around love and sexuality were actually the deepest political issues that society was not yet ready to bring to consciousness and address. We are still seeing the consequences of this. We see it in horrible consequences of the global sex trade, in society's focus on issues such as abortion and sex harrassment, and the disgrace of men in leadership positions such as Bill Clinton, John Friend, Elliot Spitzer, or Roger Ailes.
In this area, we will explore the current situation around love and sexuality and also consider working alternatives to monogamy and the nuclear family structure.