The New Renaissance

Whereas the European Renaissance of centuries ago centered on the rebirth of pagan ideas predating the Middle Ages and orthodox Christianity, the New Renaissance that began visibly in the 1960s centers on a broader, truer conceptualization of rebirth: a rebirth of humankind at a more fundamental and forward-focused level. As discussed in the previous post, “Renaissance Philosophy,” the faith- and worship-based Judeo-Christian paradigm gave way to a paradigm dominated by Reason and scientific theorizing. Now, the New Renaissance calls for humanity to move up another rung on the ladder of human development. This “reconciling step” enables our species to proceed in its evolution, and it is a step involving more than reconciliation; its greater purpose is to take humankind beyond the Information Age to the point of actual Knowledge.

Much the way Pharaoh’s priests must have felt after witnessing the horror of Red Sea waters parting for Moses, some religionist scholars have been imagining nightmarishly unbridled scientistic momentum ever since the first atomic bomb dropped. Perceiving the New Renaissance as further expansion of science’s dominance over religious authority, they envision the birthing of a Frankenstein monster-like cyborg, or Replicant, or alien hybrid, or something worse, all by way of a transhumanist conspiracy. As in all past ages, the New Renaissance—because advancement in Nature requires tension and then resolution of that tension—is certain to produce both negative and positive experiences as sacred “waters above” comingle with secular “waters below.” But through that conjoining they will parent a new generation of humans who may look no different inside or out but who will be more neurologically advanced.

Even at such advanced stage, however, humankind will still be less than halfway up the ladder to becoming all that we can be as spirit beings expressing ourselves via physical form. Arthur C. Clarke was apparently trying to envision a point in the future of humanity well beyond that halfway mark in his 2001—A Space Odyssey (1968), a story about human evolution brought to the movie screen by Stanley Kubrick who may or may not have shared Clarke’s vision (see our July, 2010 post: “Analysis: Kubrick’s 2001—A Space Odyssey”). At least one Old Testament passage alludes to humanity’s self-guided future success in overcoming even the barrier of mortality. Prophecies of other ancient cultures also express—through myths, metaphors, signs, and symbols—an age of Unity and Enlightenment. We are in an early stage of that now.

In contrast to the idea that this New Renaissance is an occultist conspiracy engineered by elitist Earth humans, and/or by overlord extraterrestrials, recognize it as being part of a natural “unfolding” of human development that reflects a primal process driven by primal principles found in every kind of phenomena in Omniverse. This is not to say that individual people play no role in this; we, as creative creatures—natural extensions of the highest natural principles and processes—operate expansively at the leading-edge of all Creation. Although some of us function more consciously in this regard than others, all are participants because all are of the One. This metaphysical truth of total connection is easily reconcilable with scientific truth despite flying in the face of some religious doctrines and in the faces of steadfast adherents to such flawed orthodoxy. Eyes other than physiological ones designed to see separation and particularity must be used.

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