Rudolf Harmsen 

Love and War

I (biologist) wrote  Love and War - Human Nature in Crisis with my co-author Paddy Welles (psychologist). We found Robert Reed Publishers who re-created the manuscript into a real book. Its official release  date was the 11th of September 2010.  Below I have placed the Preface and the short descriptions of the book written by two people who perused the manuscript.

    Dolf Harmsen

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I believe that which binds us together is stronger
than that which drives us apart.
~ U. S. President Barack Obama

     Love binds us together. War drives us apart. We are writing Love and War: Human Nature in Crisis as a prescription to educate our hearts and minds as to how we could end unjust war and create more enduring love. Through a careful exploration and integration of evolutionary biology, ecology, social history and contemporary psychology, we answer the critical questions of why it is so difficult to make love last and war end. Both love and war carry us to the edges of human experience. Both involve intense fear and passion. Both place our very souls on trial. One could save us and the other will destroy us.

     Because evolution is geared to our survival through competition, it will not produce ethical and moral human beings who will survive our methods of mass destruction. Because religion allows us to depend on inexplicable forces beyond ourselves and also has been the cause of divisiveness, it has incited many wars and continuing violence. It is now critical that we use our higher levels of consciousness to become a more compassionate and cooperative species if we choose to survive this twenty-first Century. Where we end up will be determined by our willingness to give up the mythical thinking that we can continue as we have in the past, to accept that our planet is critically ill and that each of us is a member of a team, or family, occupying one planetary home, who must cooperate in changing our behaviors to heal the planet
into sustainability.

     In preparation for his last article on World War II, three weeks prior to V-E Day, Ernie Pyle, renowned war correspondent, wrote in 1945: “And so it is over. The catastrophe on one side of the world has run its course. The day that had so long seemed would never come has come at last.” This was written in draft form just days before a Japanese bullet killed him. Since that time, there have been brutal wars in every corner of the world, which continue as we write. Since 1945, the term “on one side of the world,” has little meaning as terrorism has caused disasters which keep us all vulnerable. The United States was awakened from our insouciance by the attacks of September 11, 2001, and the ensuing war in Iraq has not only spread terrorism, but has set us back severalhundred years in our efforts to create a safer world. If there is a nuclear or biological war, we will all suffer, we will all pay. Many of us will die— or wish we had.

     The only way we will be able to live in a safer world is to gain deeper insight into why we turn so easily to aggressive battles, including crimes of passion and destructive wars, to resolve conflicts and then be willing to make alternate choices based on cooperation and compassion. This book offers us a way to bid “farewell to arms,” and a way to survive on a more peaceful planet.


Love and War: Human Nature in Crisis provides a comprehensive analysis of nothing less than the prospects for the future of the human race.  The authors are not only deep thinkers, but they are also experienced observers of humans and other animals. The book is full of compelling stories based on their own experiences and studies in as disparate places as Borneo and Banks Island in the Canadian arctic.  Their argument concerning the urgency of changing our ways as myopic, self-indulgent consumers is indisputable.  If we can learn to love other life on this planet, we might have a chance to save it and ourselves.

– Robert Bateman, Wildlife artist, naturalist and author


Love and War is a stunning tour de force which traces the darkest shadows of our progenitors on humankind’s evolutionary journey through individual, societal, communal, and nation-state relationships.  It is a compelling and wonderfully readable analysis of how innate latent noble and fearsome factors in the human psyche surface in varying circumstances.  In demonstrating how the latter can collectively lead to hostilities to achieve tribal or national goals, this book provides profound psychological insights as to why nations in the twenty-first century still employ war as an instrument of national policy.  The authors specify what we must do, as nations and individuals, to create a global community working in concert to deal with the now-recognized universal threats to life on Earth.

– Harry J. Petrequin, Jr. Retired U. S. Senior Foreign Service Officer.
Former Faculty Member, National Defense University Active member of Veterans for Peace



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