EH : philosophy, not religion.
In 20th century, writers,
journalists, academics, thinkers, wrote that EH is not only the second
humanist revolution, but potentially also an intrinsic religion of Humanity.
Yet, eco-humanism is an existential philosophy of Humanity, a catalyst of the
human possibles, and an agent of realization of the natural project of
development of the human House. But it is not a religion in the traditional
sense of the word as far as, in
particular, there is no rite of submission and prayers, and neither
faith-dependence in any theistic or supranatural entity, nor promises of
rescue and eternity in another world, linked to this dependence.
The only relevant comparison is that, like in the main monotheist religions, its modern
participants became capable of coordinating four means widely experienced
regarding long-lasting societal organization :
- a project aiming at the happiness, at the education, and at the
cohesion, of all Humanity ;
an heritage of guiding texts and principial corpus in which everybody can
have faith, that is to say trust in it ;
- voluntary animators capable of organizing, of motivating, and of
strengthening, the participating community ;
- an independent arbitration structure which prevents any corruption of
the transmitted heritage and of the community.
A major difference with the theistic religions is that the eco-humanist
principial corpus is a collective production, permanently improvable and
evolutive, open to debate and to science, and always in compliance with
the human general interest.
Another major difference, which ensues from the first one, is that
eco-humanism is not imposed by a threatening pressure and/or an
ethnocultural suprematism, and that he cannot be instrumented by political, economic,
and/or ideological interests to favor an illegitimate particular cornering.
Eco-humanism progresses by an exemplary conjunction of courage and wisdom,
at the service of the common human House, the higher entity that most effectively organizes the
cohesion and the projection of the whole Humanity, by
relieving and by improving a meta-cultural heritage which results from the
ever improved quality of the human collective brain, which mutualizes and
transmits this vital potential in a self-protecting existential dynamic
Let us remind that in eco-humanism,
the existential term qualifies "what determines the scientifically
analyzable reality of the existence of a phenomenon or a Being, in its
consistency and its duration". What underlies the great human project,
without having any link with intellectuals currents (philosophical,
literary, gnostic, etc.) qualified as existentialist, but what does not
answer this definition, in particular when they induce a knowledge of
reality by a restrictive dogma, or by an imaginary liberation, egocentric and driven by repositories
generating anxiety, or non-hope in the human development by its autogenic
strength of whole.
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