The Flat Earth Society

  a novel by Rolf A. F. Witzsche

Volume 4b of the series of novels The Lodging for the Rose






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Like seeds, thoughts fall to the ground
Potentials are lost
Hard grounds kill the precious
But we are Man
Hard ground becomes tilled, watered
The precious is nurtured in loving


The novel is fiction, free online. It explores an aspect of modern society that we are not eager, or even willing to look at. We tell ourselves that imperial fascism, financial looting, political insanity, military atrocities, and so forth, are far outside of our daily living and as irrelevant as if they didn’t exist. We like to see a world that is ‘flat’ and safe, rather than how it is. 

And there is also another aspect that we don’t want to acknowledge, which is actually the real principle of our humanity: the Principle of Universal Love that we simply can’t get away from. We find ourselves reminded again and again that the world really is a sphere, rather than being flat politically, ideologically militarily, even in love and sex, and in romance, contrary to what we believe to be or fear it might be. 

But why shouldn’t we respond to the truth? Can’t we go on living in the small world of our dreams as devoted members of the ‘Flat Earth Society?’ Oh, why should we? Why should we go on living in a rut?


The novel The Flat Earth Society is a part of the epic series of novels, The Lodging for the Rose. A single fictional story is threaded through the series, staged in the timeframe between the late 1980s and 2007. Just as the year 2007 started a period of turning-point events, the novel unfolds as a turning point in the story.

A club of dreamers,
seeking flowers in a rut,
in the badlands where flowers cannot grow,
But there are butterflies: 
our aimless guides with colored wings of science,
sentinels of sweeter lands. 

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