The Crisis of Liberal Humanism
The lesson of history in this millennium now drawing to a close shows that this is the path to follow: it is necessary not to abandon the passion for ultimate truth, the eagerness to search for it, or the audacity to forge new paths in the search. It is faith that stirs reason to move beyond all isolation and willingly to run risks so that it may attain whatever is beautiful, good, and true.
[From the Encyclical Letter FIDES ET RATIO of the supreme pontiff John Paul II to the bishops of the Catholic Church on the relationship between faith and reason. V. 56. Sep 14, 1998].
Philosophy is not a science in the strict sense of the word and differs from real science, besides everything else, in that it is associated with a person's interest in the result of his own research, what, incidentally, is typical for most of the humanities. Wishing to join in overcoming the techno-humanitarian imbalance that takes place in the modern world, I decided to publish my own philosophical reasoning, which has perhaps a little fewer years old than myself. With a technical education, I do independent research in ethnology based on my own graphic-analytical method, first described many years ago in an authoritative Russian edition [STETSYUK V.M. 1987].
The results of my research, which I have been doing for almost half a century and which span a period of several million years, inevitably lead me to a broader view of all the processes that have taken place in the world until now. Having familiarized me in general terms with the state of modern philosophical thought, I take with understanding the opinion of an Australian scientist with a wide profile:
Those scholastics who, in the name of professionalism, deny the possibility of characterizing broad historical sweeps are simply rejecting the possibility of there being the order of long durations because it does not exist in the trivia amongst which they compulsively immerse themselves [GARE ARRAN. 1996, 72].
This criticism applies also to the work of the well-known philosopher with the pretentious title "The End of History" (FUKUYAMA FRENCIS. 2004). Fukuyama's conclusions are subject to great doubt and are completely rejected by Russian philosophers, although they are reduced to a few simple ideas. In particular, the idea of the ultimate goal of historical development in the ubiquitous establishment of liberal democracy in the world is perceived at all (NIKIFOROV ALEKSANDR. 2021: 83]. Democracy is only one of the forms of government that should ensure human progress, and in the historical process, it does not look dominant, although it is becoming more widespread. Of course, there should be no return to primitive forms of government, but democracy should be modernized and improved because, despite Fukuyama's assertion, it still has internal contradictions. Fukuyama does not go deep into history, he also lacks knowledge, the same that many other philosophers of the past, such as Hegel and Kant, followed by the American philosopher, were lacking (FUKUYAMA FRENCIS. 2004: 13). The need to "understand the Hegelian concept of man or human nature" (ibid: 232) nowadays looks like an anachronism. Enriched with the results of my own research, I hope that my reasoning will fit into the macrosociological paradigm of civilizational analysis, which in our time is gaining more and more supporters.
World system crisis
The severity of the systemic crisis in the world became apparent after Russia's unprovoked armed attack on Ukraine on February 24, 2022. The world turned out to be powerless to counteract absolute evil, despite the statements of the democratic world about the immediate need to tame the aggressor by peaceful means. The shock of the war crimes of the Russian soldier made us forget about the pandemic of the disease, which has already claimed the lives of more than six million people. But, if there is hope that the disease will be brought under control by the efforts of doctors, as happened with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), then steps to overcome the global crisis are not even discussed for lack of constructive ideas, although many well-known thinkers have foreseen its onset for a long time. Two world wars have given them reason to doubt the progress that mankind has made in recent centuries, and now the world is facing the threat of a third. This once again indicates that despite the close interaction between science and business, the movement towards the creation of a global culture does not solve the problems, the number of which is constantly growing on our planet. In December 2017, the Club of Rome presented its 43rd report, "Come on!", which begins with a statement that everyone knows that the world is in crisis. Everyone also knows that a crisis can be cyclical. However, the authors of the report argue that this is not the case:
The crisis is not cyclical but growing. And it is not limited to the nature around us. There are also a social crisis, a political and a cultural crisis, a moral crisis, as well as a crisis of democracy, of ideologies and of the capitalist system (WEIZSÄCKER, von ERNST ULRICH, WIJKMAN ANDERS. 2018, 2).
Other thinkers come to the conclusion that the world is going through a global crisis, the essence of which is the loss of stability of the system of "Humanity". Each of them comes to this idea on the basis of their own analysis of events and phenomena in the world. A comprehensive analysis in the European-American context was made in the recently published work of a Czech philosopher (KOMAREK STANISLAV. 2020), and another scientist summarized the threats that the current crisis is fraught with:
1. The presence and multiplication of various weapons of mass destruction, the first and foremost of which is nuclear weapons…
2. The growth of conflict between countries and the destabilization of the situation within countries…
3. Terror, in scale that surpasses everything that happened in the previous history of mankind, with the threat of terrorists taking possession of the same weapons of mass destruction or carrying out a terrorist attack with conventional weapons, but at objects like nuclear power plants, with consequences not inferior in scope to the use of weapons of mass destruction…
4.The destruction of the environment in various ways with the probability of unpredictable natural disasters…
5. Man-made disasters, which in the future, can be scaled to the consequences of atomic war or natural disasters caused by the destruction of the environment…
6. Periodic economic local and global crises can provoke chaos, unrest, and further development according to one of the previous scenarios…
7. A swift and ever-accelerating change in the reality in which we live. In recent decades, the pace of change has grown and continues to grow so quickly that the adaptive ability of mankind is in question… (VOIN A.M. 2016: 7-8)
These and other threats are gradually, but clearly beginning to appear in the world with increasing intensity:
A large (and growing) proportion of the population still lives in poverty and hunger; fertile soils are being depleted; pollution of land, air, and water adversely affects the Earth's inhabitants. As a result of global warming, the atmosphere becomes more turbulent, and many species of flora and fauna are dying at a rate that has not happened since the time of the Permian – the end of the Cretaceous period. The ability of the states to protect their citizens' decreases as the activation of multinational organizations engaged in disorderly trade in goods and services. The extraordinary spread of information technology has led to the fact that someone's decision to invest or movement of capital is able to bring down the world markets and even sweep the government. Growing chaos in nature is accompanied by political chaos. On the stability and reliability can be no question, but in fact, they were to be the result of scientific and technical progress. We suddenly found themselves on the brink of a dark age, far more dangerous than the Middle Ages, for the disintegration of a global nature (BRIAN GOODWIN, 2008: 48-49. Translation from Russian).
Most recently, the democratization of technology and information has led to a completely unpredictable consequence — the emergence of such a frightening feature of the modern world as the democratization of violence. If previously the state retained a monopoly on the legitimate use of force and such inequality in the use of force between the state and a person ensured order, in recent decades this state advantage has greatly weakened. Small groups of people are capable of carrying out large-scale terrorist acts that deal a serious blow to state power, making it difficult for it to focus on solving other problems, including those associated with the ever-increasing democratization of our lives.(ZAKARIA FAREED, 2004, 4).
Some scientists focus on other processes and phenomena being not so obvious, but so potentially dangerous to humankind that precludes the onset of a new "dark age" with the destruction of all modern cultures and civilizations. (FLECHTHEIM OSSIP K., 1988: 18. Translation from German). The consequence of scientific and technological progress has been leveling of the individual, which is now dominated by features or consumers or producers. Excessive consumption and the accompanying desire for wealth are considered by many scientists to be the main threat to the development of mankind, which the Marxist philosophers realized earlier than others.
The desire for wealth, embracing individuals and entire nations, leads to the opposite result – decay and death (cited from LIFSHITS MIKH. 1994: X).
Not so dramatically, but with an awareness of the hidden danger of the accelerated production of consumer goods, modern philosophers write:
Ultimately, the main price for a consumer society is the feeling of general uncertainty that it generates. (BAUDRILLARD JEAN. 2006: 46).
With the intensification of the production process, a person becomes an appendage to a machine with a cultural and moral level corresponding to this machine. Material values are increasingly important in his life, hedonistic aspirations begin to prevail in the behavior of the majority, especially since the satisfaction of the need for pleasure is becoming more and more accessible.
Deeply and comprehensively considering the manifestations of the global crisis and reflecting on its causes, Alexander Voin comes to the following conclusion:
It is easy to see that, on the one hand, the basis of the global crisis is scientific and technological progress, which, providing humanity with enormous creative opportunities, also provides it with even greater destructive ones. On the other hand, the inability of modern mankind to foresee the long-term consequences of scientific and technological progress, as well as the inability of various groups of mankind: peoples, countries, parties, religions, and other ideological trends to find a common language among themselves and negotiate peacefully. The latter is due to the lack of a unified morality and value system accepted by all mankind, which is another important factor contributing to the instability of the Humanity system. (VOIN S.M., 2016: 11).
Briefly defining this state of affairs, A.P. Nazaretyan characterizes it as a techno-humanitarian imbalance in which the means of cultural regulation does not correspond to the increased power of production technologies (NAZARETIAN A.P. 2004). In other words, at present, the priority is given to the improvement of technologies, but not of a person (KOMÁREK STANISLAV. 2020: 188). The American philosopher Chung-Ying Cheng examines the existing situation somewhat deeper, seeing in its cause an ethical crisis, which "is rooted in the absence and ignorance of the integration of ethical values in human civilizations, as well as in the desire for the prevalence of one useful form of ethics over others, thus showing the loss of humanity – ideas about the foundations of ethical thinking"(СHUNG-YING-CHENG. 2019, 28).
Europe has never been dominated by one complete ethical teaching like Confucianism. Christian ethics were too general and allowed different interpretations. The variety of philosophical teachings corresponded to the multiculturalism of Europe and had the result that European rationalism perceived only those ideas that were confirmed in practice. Accordingly, the branches of applied science began to develop fruitfully, when the implementation of new ideas promised to bring certain benefits and this developed technical progress, which in our time is proceeding at a rapid pace:
… today any useful innovation, say, in the field of information technology, instantly scatter across the planet, falling into the hands of the good and the evil, the smart and the stupid, just like rain from the sky once fell on everyone indiscriminately (KOMÁREK STANISLAV. 2020, 77-78).
However, in the humanities, the positive effect of the found truth does not show itself very soon. The discoveries in history and linguistics are not of interest to the general public, and specialists are not interested in supporting new ideas if they do not ensure personal success:
… the careers of young scientists are often controlled by senior people nearing retirement, who are in many cases no longer active and therefore unfamiliar with new techniques. Career-savvy graduate students, no matter how imaginative, hesitate to work on something not understood by the powerful men and women of their field (SMOLIN LEE, 2002: 5).
Such a situation is typical for any branch of science, but in the historical sciences, where the attitude prevails "anyway, no one will ever know how it really was" (read FORMOZOV A.A. 2005). Where practice cannot confirm the results of scientific research, verbal rhetoric, and sophistry, the demagogy of disinterested, narrow-minded retrogrades and careerists can distort, ridicule, trample fruitful ideas, and the author himself will be labeled as a false scientist. This state of affairs is largely the cause of the techno-humanitarian imbalance that began to develop in Europe back in the Middle Ages:
Signs should also be gathered from the growth and progress of philosophies and sciences. Those that are founded in nature grow and increase; those founded in opinion change but not grow. Hence if those doctrines were not completely uprooted like a plant, but were connected to the womb of nature and nourished by her, what we see has been happening now for two thousand years would not be happened: the sciences standstill in their own footsteps and remain in practically the same state; they have made no notable progress; in fact, they reached their pick in their earliest authors, and have been on the decline ever since. We see the opposite evolution in mechanical arts which are founded in nature and the light of experience; as long as they are in fashion, they constantly quicken and grow as if filled with spirit; at first crude, then adequate, later refined, and always progressing (BACON FRANCIS. 2002, LXXIV).
If in Bacon's time the lag of the university sciences from the development of technology was noted with concern only by attentive thinkers, then in our time the techno-humanitarian imbalance has become obvious, but in general, the lag of the humanities from technology is underestimated. Only rare scientists pay attention to the need to consider the natural and human sciences in close connection:
As is known, the scientific community has divided the sciences into natural and humanities. However, dialectical thinking does not accept such an artificial division, because the objects of research – Nature and Society, by and large, are one, while they are parts of one whole – the terrestrial and cosmic segments of the noosphere. The results obtained in the natural sciences acquire true meaning only when the criteria developed in the humanities are applied to them. (VOKIN G.G. 2015, 4).
The influence of philosophical thought on the development of natural sciences is clearly seen in the example of the discovery of electromagnetism by Hans Ørsted in 1820. Fascination with Friedrich Schelling's doctrine of the integrity of the world and the universal connection of phenomena led him to the idea of the possible influence of electric current on the behavior of a magnetic needle. The experiment he carried out, which confirmed this idea, caused a wide resonance among physicists and paved the way for a new research path (KUDRIAVTSEV P.S. 1982: 181-183). The close connection between all spheres of scientific knowledge, along with their expansion, becomes less noticeable, and failure of understanding this connection caused the emergence and spread of a phenomenon called by Max Weber in German "Entzauberung der Welt", which can be roughly translated as "getting rid of the spell, demythologizing the world." The essence and consequences of this phenomenon are briefly defined as follows:
… scientific and technological progress and the growing influence of the natural sciences lead to a reliance on fundamental predictability and technical manageability of the world where gods and other unpredictable forces will be out of work. A selectively engaging God appears absolutely no longer plausible (HOFFMANN JULIA. 2014: 1).
However, if we talk about faith in God and about His influence on the behavior of people, then it should be borne in mind that it does not extend to the bulk of them, which perceived only His image, but in no way the Idea, which this mass was never touched by. as well as the problems of sin and personal salvation (BAUDRILLARD JEAN. 1983: 6). And this situation is also a new problem with the ever-increasing democratization of human societies:
… it is not a question of mystification: it is a question of their (masses -VS) own exigencies, of an explicit and positive counter-strategy – the task of absorbing and annihilating culture, knowledge, power, the social. An immemorial task, but one which assumes its full scope today. A deep antagonism that forces the inversion of received scenarios: it is no longer meaning which would be the ideal line of force in our societies… (ibid, 11).
Thinking about such cardinal changes, we ask ourselves the question: where are we going and what will happen next? The German philosopher Rüdiger Lutz gave the following answer to this question: "The future is open, indefinite and ambiguously predictable, and this fact also gives us a chance" (LUTZ RÜDIGER, 2000: 9). Many scientists, including philosophers, sociologists, environmentalists believe that another psychology and a new morality can provide the salvation of mankind that can only be developed in the humanities.
Meanwhile, the backwardness of the humanities led to the development of their virtual-simulative nature through the further elaboration and deepening of false theories that arose at an early stage in the formation of certain scientific fields. This character is also fueled by the political interests of the practice of priority financing of scientific institutions, which has been going on since the days of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
Thus, to chart the way to the future, it is necessary first of all to overcome the techno-humanitarian imbalance due to the intensive development of the humanities sciences. To the realization of this need, an increasing number of thinkers will come and this process is already noticeable. In one of the latest works devoted to the future of science, the very content of the articles is indicative: "In the Shadow of Culture", "What Children Will Teach Scientists", "Toward a Theory of Moral Development", "The Future of Happiness", "What Is Life?", "Are We Going to Get Smarter?" [BROCKMANN John (Ed). 2008]. However, the task set for the humanities seems to be very difficult, looking at their current state:
Each of the humanities: philosophy, sociology, psychology, macroeconomics, etc., is divided into many schools between which there is no common language, and they are not only unable to agree on which of the competing theories is true, but as a rule, don't try to do it. As a rule, each school simply ignores the others [VOIN A.M. 2016: 19].
A reason for this state of the humanities and, as a consequence, a number of global problems are seen by Alexander Voin in the crisis of a rationalist worldview, in turn, due to the crisis of classical rationalism. Overcoming this crisis is possible, in his opinion, within the framework of the theory of new rationalism that he developed, an integral part of which is a single method of substantiation in the field of the humanities and, in particular, to assess the degree of scientific nature of humanitarian theories. [ibid: 6].
Complaints on life and the idealization of the past, the expectations of the end of the world are not new in the history of mankind and have been accompanying it since times of deep antiquity. No such people existed, whose stories, passed down from generation to generation, would not contain attempts to forecast the further fate of the people. Many thinkers of past centuries asked an answer to this question. But just as the past of mankind for a long time seemed to people in the fantastic world of myths and legends, the future was also fantastically imagined them either in the form of religious teachings about the "end of the world", either in the form of social utopia (BESTUZHEV-LADA I.V. 1968: 16). Even some outstanding thinkers of antiquity, when they looked into the future, saw only a terrible apparition of the catastrophe. According to de Chardin, an age-old man felt anxiety, because it is connected with thinking, and obviously anxiety helped him to eliminate the perceived danger in advance. On the other hand, social injustice, difficulties, problems of real-life gave rise to dreams in the minds of individual thinkers about the bright future of mankind, which were formed into utopian theories. Thomas More, Tommaso Campanella, Henri Saint-Simon, Charles Fourier, Robert Owen can be reproached that there is more imagination than scientific thought in their works, but they can not be denied the lack of optimism and belief about the future of mankind. Such a positive approach to the problem led them to some ingenious conjectures that influenced the further development of socio-economic theories, although it can not be said that they did not lose some utopian traits.
However, those who undertake the search for ways to an excellent future must recognize that the primary task is to decide whether the history of mankind has any patterns that lead it to a specific goal. Isaiah Berlin believed:
The notion that history is subject to laws that are natural or supernatural, that every event of human life is an element in the final model and has deep metaphysical roots: this stream is fueled by the fascination with natural sciences, which, however, is not the only and in fact not fundamental source of it (ISAIAH BERLIN. 1994, 109).
For a long time, there have been and continue to exist other ideas that both supported and denied the possibility of the existence of any patterns in historical events. From the time of Giambattista Vico (1668-1744) and up to the Second World War, "it was usually believed that the development of human societies is natural" (KOMAREK STANIASLAV. 2020: 28), but over time, philosophical thought is more inclined to believe that the course of historical events is more contingent:
The idea that history obeys an "iron historical pattern" – once so popular, but in fact extremely harmful – has been replaced by the belief that contingency plays the main role here (ibid: 27).
Such peremptoriness in Komarek's judgment suggests that philosophical thought in Europe has evolved from one extreme to the other. The adherents of randomness in the historical process see in the future a "multiple modernities" in the world (KNÖBL WOLFGANG. 2011, 9-22). However, a critical discussion with supporters of "social teleologism" still continues:
The ideas of historical contingency, discontinuity, the creativity of action, the openness of the future, uncertainty, and uncertainty in the development of societies are opposed to evolutionist and structuralist concepts (PROZOROVA YULIA. 2021: 236).
In this discussion, it becomes obvious that the multiplicity of modernities must have its boundaries, and its implementation will be complicated by the absence of "categories and instruments that can grasp the phenomenon of historical contingency" (KNÖBL WOLFGANG. 2011: 10). In this case, one cannot do without invoking the theory of probability. However, it should be noted that this theory itself, which seems to be completely based on mathematics, is in fact not purely mathematical:
Mathematics (by which I shall mean pure mathematics) has no grip on the real world; if the probability is to deal with the real world it must contain elements outsides mathematics; meaning of 'probability' must relate to the real world, and there must be one or more 'primitive' propositions about of real word, from which we can then proceed deductively (i.e. mathematically) (LITTLEWOOD J.E. 1953: 54).
Littlewood further argues that this primary proposition, which he calls the "axiom of probability", cannot be proved either mathematically or philosophically, as he demonstrated by contradictions in the proofs in the form of a vicious circle (ibid, 60-62). This resembles attempts to prove the existence of God and also suggests that probability in the real world is controlled by God. Littlewood himself does not draw such a conclusion, does not even hint, but he points out that the "axiom of probability", although it lies outside of frequent mathematics, is not entirely connected with the real world, it is about the real world what admits of no deductive proof.
Both the study of history and observations in the current life convince us that future events are to a certain extent determined by the past. The knowledge gained in childhood affects the further life path of a person; the capital accumulated by parents gives the best starting opportunities for their children; a language formed in the past affects the mentality of an individual people in the present tense; practical experience in certain areas of human activity facilitates the assimilation and implementation of new achievements in science and technology; a loan taken from a bank determines a person's behavior for many years to come. Laconically, the law of the dominance of determinism in the world was expressed by one of the representatives of the new historical school as follows:
In the history of civilizations, as in that of individuals, childhood is decisive (LE GOFF JACQUES. 1988: 113).
Contrary to the assertion of S. Komarek, determinism as a doctrine of general causality, interconnection, and conditionality of various phenomena and processes in human life and in the Universe unites the past and the future into one process; this is recognized by many thinkers and has been used in research, at least since the time of Newton and Vico:
The great physical tradition of Newton had necessarily been one of determinism, where a perfect knowledge of the universe at one instant is understood to involve perfect knowledge of its history throughout all time (WIENER NORBERT. 1956: 34.)
Without going to extremes, we will accept for further reasoning the principle of "limited indeterminism" (or "limited determinism" – as you like) and assume that the existence of individual civilizations is a phenomenon to a certain extent indeterminate, depending on random factors, including freedom human will, but the survival of some of them is a causally determined, non-accidental phenomenon. That is, we agree with the existence of both teleological and casual determinism. The best ratio between deterministic and indeterminate events is illustrated by coin tossing results. If the fall of the coat of arms with each throw is a random event, then with a large number of throws, the proportion of their falling out will be a deterministic event – it will be equal to about half of the throwing attempts if the coin is symmetrical, and if it is asymmetrical, this part will be equal not to half but the other also approximately constant. Although when we talk about random events, we cannot be sure that they do not happen according to the will of God. Quantum mechanics, which solves the contradictions between the indeterminate transitions of an electron from orbit to orbit and its deterministic motion in orbit, using the probability factor, was not perceived by A. Einstein only because, in his words, "God does not play dice". But quantum mechanics, describing nuclear processes using the theory of probability, does not deny that God just "rolls the dice". Fans of gambling games based on probability know the law "newbies are lucky", that is, people who sit down for the first time often win. It is impossible to explain this phenomenon without the assumption that someone controls the laws of probability. It does not lend itself to experimental verification, because, just like in quantum mechanics, measurement can influence the process. In this light, the views of modern philosophers can be interpreted more broadly, at least as follows:
Dominated in the XIX cen. the paradigm of mono-determinism (something "ultimately") and unchanging one-pointedness (in the spirit of unconscious recognition of the "target cause" of Aristotle) of historical movement in world social thought has long been replaced by the idea of a multifactorial definition of the sociocultural process. His aspiration is not considered rigidly conditioned (unless, of course, we are not talking about obviously propagandistic and ideological doctrines that promise humanity a bright globalist future). It is assumed that the direction of movement is probabilistic. From an infinite number of contingencies and concrete actions of persons pursuing their own goals, it is dependent on which of the available possibilities and in what form will be a reality, what consequences it will lead to. History obeys a probabilistic logic. (PAVLENKO Yu.V. 2004: 13).
Pavlenko is mistaken when speaking about the victory of the idea of multifactority in the socio-cultural process. Fukuyama, economically interpreting historical changes, sees the result of their orientation in the capitalist mode of production (FUKUYAMA FRANCIS. 2004: 15). There is no probabilistic logic in this conclusion, although capitalism itself presupposes a plurality of solutions to economic problems in accordance with the overarching principle of polymorphism.
In other words, God, having endowed a person with free will, shows confidence in him and takes into account his initiative in the socio-cultural process, supporting the one that is most consistent with His plan. If we look at the world through the eyes of Spinoza, then we can think that, to a greater or lesser extent, He is present in every person. Probably, this dilemma also has no solution in philosophical categories. In the real world, probability in history is closely related to the principle of diversity.
If we return to the topic of predicting the future, then it should be noted that this cannot be done in detail because there are external interventions that occur by chance. For example, the projectile flight path is predetermined by the direction of the gun’s barrel, the initial speed of the projectile, etc., but it can be changed by a sudden gust of wind or other random events. In addition, any process can be disrupted by changes in its ties. For example, during the operation of a certain machine, spontaneous wear of parts occurs. This is not an external impact, but in this case, there is a change in the connections of parts, which violates the intended quality of the functions of the machine. In human society, many processes occur simultaneously, so accurate foresight for the distant future is impossible. However, in a well-functioning system, forces and influences act that return it to sustainable motion after deviations caused by external impacts (VOIN A. 2017). The latter property provides patterns in the development of certain processes, knowing which, one can predict their future. For example, the decline of the colonial empires of Great Britain, France, Belgium, etc. made it possible to foresee the collapse of the Soviet empire. The colonial period in the history of the backward peoples was caused just by external impacts, and gaining independence is a law that consists of the fact that a fairly large number of people come to the creation of their own state at one time.
Of course, it is impossible to predict the future in detail, but there are certain patterns in the development of certain phenomena, knowing which ones, one can predict the future of similar ones. For example, the decline of the colonial empires of Great Britain, France, Belgium, etc., enabled the foresight and collapse of the Soviet empire.
Therefore, if mankind is now in a state of a systemic crisis, that is, turned to a false path to develop, it is logical to assume that modern trends contradict some general line of its development which should lead it to a specific goal. Obviously, the path to this goal must be gradual and mankind follows this path and it is usually called civilization, which the Marquis Victor Mirabeau (1715-1789) defined as the assimilation by the society of the foundations and forms of virtue (civilization). Such a worldview was a consequence of the internal logic of the development of European social thought in the Age of Enlightenment. The younger contemporary of Mirabeau, Johann Gottfried Herder (1744-1803), spoke in the same spirit, arguing that the ultimate goal of the existence of mankind should be the triumph of humanity (Humanität) as the unity of mankind in many distinct individuals. With this word, he wanted to denote the noble process of the formation of a person's mind and the need for freedom, pure feelings, and motives, good health, mastery of the Earth. That the humanization of human relations takes place was already noticed by ancient thinkers. For example, Plutarch wrote about times long past like this:
That age produced a sort of men, in force of hand, and swiftness of foot, and strength of body, excelling the ordinary rate, and wholly incapable of fatigue; making use, however, of these gifts of nature to no good or profitable purpose for mankind, but rejoicing and priding themselves in insolence, and taking the benefit of their superior strength in the exercise of inhumanity and cruelty, and in seizing, forcing, and committing all manner of outrages upon everything that fell into their hands; all respect for others, all justice, they thought, all equity and humanity, though naturally lauded by common people, either out of want of courage to commit injuries or fear to receive them, yet no way concerned those who were strong enough to win for themselves. (PLUTARCH'S LIVES. Volume I: 5).
Men with such psychology still exist, but they do not dominate society and this fact suggests that the process of humanization is very slow. At the same time, humanistic ideas are not directly related to the practice of the human community or human intellectual development. Their traces are not visible in the history of the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt, but they can be seen in the teachings of Kǒng Fūzi (551-470), better known as Confucius. His ethical teaching is based on the principle of rén – a special kind of humanity, structured according to the law of justice yì, understood in accordance with the duties of the elders and the younger in the family and society in a hierarchical order, based on five relationships: between a prince and a retinue, a man and a woman, a father and son, older and younger brother, friend and friend. The natural human quality zhì contributes to providing knowledge on how to realize such humanity, and the acquired norm of behavior in a society organized on the principle of rén is characterized by the category lǐ. Thus, Confucius presented an understanding of human nature in a social aspect, when the human family serves as an example for the state structure. In contrast, in Europe, since the time of Locke, the understanding of man as an autonomous unit of society has developed.
Confucianism was being the main ethical doctrine for Chinese intellectuals for many millennia and the main instrument of state governance due to the flexibility of its orthodox canons. Confucius’ doctrine evolved and its canons changed depending on the peculiarities of crises that accompanied the whole history of China. However, Confucianism always remained the central source of political, cultural, family, spiritual life in China (RYBACHUK SERGEY. 2018: 132).
The very emergence and spread of Confucianism, as well as the further development of Chinese philosophical thought, are connected with the peculiarities of the Chinese language, which is distinguished by logic and transparency. His unchangeable words without a grammatical gender and numbers are organized only by syntax and thus form a clear logical structure of the sentence (RYKOV S.Yu., 2018: 108). Chinese logic – "this is the logic of order, hierarchy, and efficiency," with the fact that the socio-moral is transferred to all areas of being (ibid: 92).
Opinions about the course of the development process are different, but they are basically simplified and reduced to one dominant. For example, according to Yuri Pavlenko, "linear perspective of history passes through the Middle Ages (both Christian and Muslim) and in the form of various versions of the theory of progress… survive to the present day" (PAVLENKO YU. 2002, 9). In this definition, a lot is unclear and it can not be clear if the purpose of human existence is its humanization, the definition of which is generally vague. The humanism preached by Confucius is not comprehensive, it has to be defined more precisely as "structured humanism". Aristotle held exactly the same opinion when he spoke of right proportion which is only sometimes equality:
A father can repudiate his son if he is wicked, but a son cannot repudiate his father, because he owes him more than he can possibly repay especially existence. In unequal relations, it is right, since everybody should be loved in proportion to his worth, that the inferior should love the superior more than the superior loves the inferior: wives, children, subjects, should have more love for husbands, parents, and monarchs than the latter have for them. In a good marriage, "the man rules in accordance with his worth, and in those matters in which a man should rule, but the matters that befit a woman he hands over to her" (1160b) [RUSSELL BERTRAND. 1995: 157).
Aristotle was an unquestioned authority in Europe for almost two millennia, and, obviously, under the influence of his ideas, Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) developed the theory of the Social contract, in which he argued about the need for moral obligations of the authorities in relation to subjects and parents in relation to children. In response to this, children should love and respect their parents, and subjects should love and respect power more than ordinary members of the community. However, around the same time, numerous attacks on the doctrines of Aristotle began, and his thesis on the inequality of human relations began to be substantially revised. Accordingly, Hobbes's theory was rethought by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), who considered universal equality to be the natural state of people. In the development of the philosophical and social thought of the Enlightenment, he put forward the idea of popular sovereignty. This sentimental idea shaped the sentiments of a certain segment of educated Europeans and fueled the French Revolution. As a result, European humanism gradually acquired a fundamentally different, liberal character. In our time, to consider universal equality as a natural state should look completely far-fetched because the relationship between people was formed as the development of the behavior of a herd of animals, in which the hierarchy reigns. We cannot reject the relevance of obvious analogies in the behavior of animals and humans, if we do not completely deny the origin of homo sapiens from subhuman animal species (KOMÁREK STANISLAV. 2020: 87). From birth, children are different, upbringing makes them even more different, and upbringing itself is different. Therefore, people can be equal only in a certain area, in which their awareness can be equivalent. When organizing human society, such inequality must be taken into account, and throughout history, it has been taken into account. Democracy in its modern form makes everyone equal in everything.
To make sure that the humanization of mankind takes place and has a certain character, it is necessary to trace its development. Knowledge of the laws and causes of historical phenomena will more complete as if the period of the study on the development of mankind will be wider, or more specifically as if our knowledge of prehistory (of which we have no reliable evidence) will be deeper. The search for special methods of cognition of this period is exactly what Pope John Paul II spoke about. In its prehistory, man and human society developed organically according to God's plan, and people did not yet have sufficient opportunities to influence this process. The most important achievements of mankind, such as the invention of language and artificial tools, the use of fire, the discovery of one's own self-awareness and self-consciousness of other people were made precisely in antiquity. At the same time, the speech was the most ancient achievement and precisely what was deeply rooted in our genetic heritage (POPPER KARL R., 1988, 37). The memory of the achievements of mankind is preserved in the myths and legends of many peoples. Accordingly, historical linguistics and mythology should answer how the extent to these human inventions was inspired by God. Humanities are lagging behind in their development because they use outdated methods of research that do not correspond to the development of exact sciences.
The humanities have accumulated a huge amount of evidence, however, as A. Neklessa rightly remarked, "increasing the amount of knowledge here, as in the case of quantum mechanics, does not simplify, but complicates the picture of the world, making it more uncertain" (NEKLESSA ALEKSANDR. 2019). The inability of the humanities to come to the truth using existing knowledge leads to attempts to synthesize the humanities and sciences in the first place by using mathematical methods. However, the possibility of mathematizing the humanities is limited by the fundamental absence of a “quantitative measure for the vast majority of concepts” in them (VOIN A.M. 2016) and the lack of necessary methods in mathematics itself. The existing situation should change, as scientists predict a new flowering of mathematics in the next 50, both in its traditional sections and in the newly created ones. Among other things, by 2050 the emergence of a mathematical theory is predicted that describes the interaction and dynamics of complex systems. It will be used in the sciences dealing with a large number of relatively simple components that interact with each other in simple ways. Such complex systems arise in biology, financial activities, sociology, even in art and politics (STEWART IAN. 2008, 44-45). A similar system can be created also in linguistics to accurately determine the kinship relations of akin languages on the basis of a large mass of their common features. The graphic-analytical method was used to study such a system (STETSYUK V.M. 1987), which is based on the construction of a special graph that has not yet been studied in detail in theory, but which can previously be called "weighted." The results obtained using this method provided some basis for the considerations presented here.
The synthesis of humanities and sciences can be simplified by paying attention to the likelihood of similar processes occurring both in nature and in public life. One of them is the diachronic process of divergence, which is studied by various sciences. Just methods of such studies can be applied in the humanitarian sphere. A good example is the exploration of cosmic phenomena, which gives material for various ideas about the creation of the universe, in particular, for the development of the theory of a "big bang." At the heart of this theory is the extrapolation to the past of the phenomenon of the dispersal of galaxies discovered by the American astronomer Edwin Hubble. The method of extrapolation to the past is used in historical geology and paleontology for the same purpose – clarification of the question of the origin of the universe and life in it. By the way, here you will recall the words of a well-known physicist who can touch on any evolutionary processes:
We can not explain the modern picture of the universe if we do not have a definite concept (or at least hypotheses) about the initial conditions for its evolution (SAKHAROV A.D. 1968, 74).
As in astronomy, for the study of written history, we can have a number of instruments, the application of which and the complementarity of the results obtained through them will allow us to compose a sufficient picture of the recent past. To answer the question of what was before the moment of maximum density, physicists are looking for tools for analyzing the accumulated observational data, the same is true for the reconstruction of prehistoric processes. Here the initial data are items of the material culture of the ancients and a large number of languages, the roots of which go back to the prehistoric era. Combining the efforts of archaeologists and linguists can ensure the reproduction of the initial stage of ethnogenetic processes, but if archeology has found methods of studying ancient cultures, then linguistics is only at the stage of their search.
It is not easy for a person to part with traditional views and habits, he is characterized by the inertia of thoughts and behavior. In order for radical changes in human society to occur, recognized and influential authorities must reinterpret the world around the person and him in it, departing from the mechanistic notions about them that formed in the previous historical era.
Ideas originated in Europe are perceived and spread all over the world, and in Europe, they develop and acquire new forms. However, in the present, Europe is experiencing a certain moral crisis and it can be assumed that some old, but brought to extremes and absolutized ideas have acquired a threatening to the world civilization.
As we nervously approach the end of the millennium, there is ever more confusion and misgivings. It seems that Europeans (no matter how they mean them) are completely lacking in confidence that namely ultimately should be the subject of their loyalty, and they do not understand the most desired level of effectiveness of power, sovereignty, and citizenship: the city, region, national state or newly formed European Confederation (HEFFERNAN MICHAEL. 2011: 9-10).
Despite the fact that the signs of a systemic crisis are becoming increasingly obvious, in order to avoid it, no serious efforts are being made by the authorities of the leading states of the world. All sorts of meetings of influential people of the world, aiming at influencing national politics and international affairs, pay more attention to the world economy, finance, and the latest technologies. For example, representatives of social and humanitarian professions are not even invited to meetings of the Bilderberg club.
The systemic crisis we are talking about has a political component, but its understanding may be different. When Fukuyama speaks about the modern crisis of authoritarianism (FUKUYAMA FRANCIS. 2004: 45), he should be understood in the sense that authoritarianism, like democracy, can be modernized and improved. The rejection of elements of authoritarianism in some state institutions seems too hasty. Agreeing that the future of mankind is completely uncertain, it can not be ruled out that soon the leading role in the world will be played not by Europeans, or even Americans, but by the peoples of other continents, who hold a world view different from the European tradition but does not contradict the ideas and plans of God. Understanding the patterns of development of individual components in the spiritual sphere of different peoples on the basis of an analysis of their background can help to predict the future of mankind and make the necessary adjustments both to the bases of public behavior of an individual and to the planning of the development of individual peoples by their intellectual elite.
History:The Product of Prehistory