The improvement of the spiritual and physical qualities of a person becomes especially relevant in the context of a constant deterioration in the state of natural conditions. The chief researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences examined three scenarios for the development of mankind in the coming decades in the vision of Fukuyama, the Club of Rome, and the transhumanists. All of them predict the inevitable death of humanity. In many respects agreeing with the authors of the scenarios in a critical assessment of the situation in the world, he believes that only European civilization has come to the end of its existence, and Russia and, obviously, other countries can avoid such a fate if, instead of liberalism, a collectivist, communitarian ideology prevails in the public consciousness (NIKIFOROV ALEKSANDR. 2021: 93). Obviously, other scenarios are being developed, one of which sees the salvation of mankind in space exploration.
In recent years, more and more reports have appeared about plans and the possibility of human colonization of the Moon and nearby planets. When interested people seek the allocation of huge sums of money or they themselves invest in the preparation and implementation of flights into deep space, it seems unreasonable and hopeless for a number of reasons. Scientists who have dedicated their activities to solving the practical issues of space exploration better than others understand the premature of such a grandiose human enterprise, but their voices remain unheard (VOKIN G.G. 2015). Meanwhile, their arguments are not abstract but follow the applied content of the set theory, stability theory, and reliability theory. First, the goals of outer space exploration should be identified. Simple curiosity and personal ambition aside, goals can be socio-economic, existential-pragmatic, scientific, and political. If we talk about socio-economics, then it should be recognized that at the present time on space flights we "must spend the already limited resources of the Earth, not receiving from Space in return at least an equivalent of energy or matter" (ibid, 20). In other words, hoping for the commercialization of space is nothing but a thoughtless waste of money. Moreover, the conditions for human existence, his "niche" exist only on Earth and at the present time, there is no need and prerequisites for the acquisition of qualities that allow one to go beyond the boundaries of this area of existence.
If we keep in mind the scientific goals of space navigation, then we can talk not only about the origin and history of the development of such a space object as the Earth but also about the appearance of people on it and about their spiritual and physical development, that is, about what the sciences studying the formation and development of human civilization in its various manifestations. These humanities are lagging behind the accelerated development of technology, and this imbalance indicates that a large skewness has formed in our worldview, which can lead to a situation where space will become uninteresting for us, and the issue of survival will force us to do what we previously neglected. Avoiding such misfortune is possible by allocating funds for the development of the humanities commensurate with those spent on space exploration, attracting talented young people, and searching for new research methods. Their effective use would bring us closer to answering the fundamental questions of the world order and human existence in it. An analysis of mankind's space activities shows that achievements in this area are accompanied by a significant increase in the number of problematic issues, including of a humanitarian nature. Their solution is impossible without taking into account the indissoluble unity of the natural and humanitarian aspects of space exploration.
The political goals of space exploration under the conditions of the existence of a systemic crisis as a state of the modern world can only be an ill-considered adventure calculated for an external effect without a convincing ontological justification, which is generally typical of international politics in general. It must be borne in mind that currently, human society is experiencing a civilizational revolution, passing through a kind of rite of passage:
Two universal processes are developing in the world: globalization and individuation, accompanied by the transformation of subjects, objects, situations, the development of technical and technological tools, mutations of political and other institutions (NEKLESSA ALEKSANDR. 2019).
The accentuation of the universal process of individuation is a consequence and manifestation of the crisis of liberal humanism while underestimating the structure of human society and overestimating the role of an individual in the civilization process.
Conceiving, in general, the ethnogenetic processes in Europe, it can be argued that, compared with other continents, they had a more complex character. For millennia, waves of immigrants of different ethnic origins rolled through Europe, leaving their contribution to the process of integrating elements of different cultures into the common European civilization as a supercultural phenomenon. The experience of distinct cultures, representatives of which are not so many individuals as national communities, includes two large categories – the experience gained and the experience inherited. At the same time, the experience gained, spreading in a certain region, forms the basis of regional civilization, and the most significant achievements, which simplify existential problems, are assimilated throughout the world and form an earthly civilization. The formation of Earth's civilization is complicated by the process of globalization, which greatly narrows creative initiative, hinders the manifestations of original thinking, and limits the search for new ways in science, culture, and technology. Influence on world civilization is mainly provided by individuals as representatives of distinct cultures, while national communities maintain and develop the connection of elements of their own culture. In contrast to the experience gained, the experience inherited can be the basis for new creative searches and at the same time provide those searches with the originality of methods and ways. However, it cannot be ruled out that in the inherited experience of individual peoples, there can be unpromising achievements therefore it is in their interest to get rid of such experience, assimilating the achievements of other cultures.
Positive achievements of accumulated experience are inherited, if not genetically, then by mechanisms of evolutionary psychology. The recognition of this fact is not only theoretical but also of practical importance for modern international relations, the peaceful nature of which is hampered by ideological faults, especially between the Christian and Muslim worlds. Some peoples of the world have developed an inferiority complex and they are looking for their own greatness in the mythical past, and such attempts naturally cause skepticism, which only increases alienation between nations and activates unhealthy ambitions.
The search for greatness in the past is caused by a heightened sense of national dignity. This generally positive quality is understood too simply and superficially. In his conclusions, a person must certainly pay attention to the reasons that push his thoughts in one direction or another. The greatest benefit to each people is brought by people who are guided in their life by the voice of conscience as the voice of God. By doing so, they are more conducive to its progress than fiction and the spread of fantasies about its past greatness. All world history convinces us that during the existence of mankind, cultural leadership passed from one people to another and each of them has its own chance in the future.
The development of modern geopolitics in the direction of global hegemony causes the growing concern of many philosophers of the world, expressed, in particular, in the solid collective work of recent times (DEMENCHONOK EDWARD, DALLMAR FRED, 2017). Reviewers rated this book with these words:
… this is a book-manifesto, a book-application, a book – a call for the joint development of an intercultural and inter-civilizational concept of alternative world order. It is important that this program work be continued. The problems are formulated, the tasks are set, and then it is necessary to find out who will be the political subject of solving these problems and who will prevent to overcome the global disorder, and how to practically begin to fulfill the covenant of Leo Tolstoy from “War and Peace”, which means that if people are vicious and connected with each other and constitute power, then honest people only need to do the same. It's so easy” (GLINCHIKOVA A.G., VERETEVSKAYA A.V., 2019: 142).
The book provides an analysis of the problems generated by the global crisis and suggests various ways out of it. It is noteworthy in the preface to this book, it is noted that in the twenty-first century "individual freedom is threatened in many ways, along with escalating social and global problems" (DEMENCHONOK EDWARD, 2019; xi). However, there is no question of counterbalancing individual freedom by certain individual duties in this book. Likewise, the authors do not view cases of "indifferent, pseudo-scientific, conveyorized violence" as an unconscious balancing of the excesses of liberal humanism. The solution to the problem of growing violence is seen in the emergence of new "global heroes of non-violence" like Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela, which will lead the movement of broad masses to "re-humanization" (DALLMAYR FRED, 2019: 7-8; NANDY ASHIS, 2019: 67-68), that is to aggravate the problem. In general, a certain concept, which would unite almost two dozen articles of the book, does not get through, except for the call for courage to hope made in the sub-title of the book.
The Lord God created the earthly civilization laid down in its basic principles of structuring and polymorphism, and man cannot ignore them. The principle of structuring is of a comprehensive nature and liberal humanism must obey it too. While legitimate social classes, which provided the structuring (socialization) of society, existed, humanistic ideas remained at the level formed by the Indo-Europeans in prehistoric times and were limited. This was enough for the dynamic development of European countries. The necessary polyphony in the forms of public consciousness in Europe was ensured by its multinationality. When democratic forms began to spread not only to the political system, but also to the spiritual life, and public consciousness fell under the pressure of globalization, Europe entered a period of protracted systemic crisis, one of the manifestations of which was the de-socialization of society. In connection with all this, the question arises whether democracy really best meets the task of organizing a society with the greatest benefit for a person. Proponents of democracy like to repeat: "Yes, democracy as a form of government is imperfect, but humanity has not yet come up with anything else." Is it so?
Throughout the history of mankind all forms of government can be divided into three groups – the board of one person, groups of individuals, and the board of the majority. Closer to our time, forms of government generally develop from authoritarian to democratic. However, carefully considering the power structure of the states of the past and the present, we can conclude that there has always been a combination of democratic and authoritarian forms of government, and where this conjunction was more harmonious, the states achieved the greatest success. The ancient Greek philosopher Stoic Panetius (180 BC – 110 BC) even considered the combination of monarchical, aristocratic, and democratic elements to be ideal (RUSSELL BERTRAND. 1995: 237). Let us recall the history of ancient Rome. The interaction of the democratic and autocratic components of power in Rome had good results, and Roman achievements were later used by medieval Europe in state and military construction, the development of a theory of law, etc.
At present, in Europe, a further simplification of the structure of society grows in the direction of increasing its monotony increases. At the lowest level of the structure are the broad masses. Overestimating the possibilities of democracy and trying to democratize all spheres of human activity, intellectuals try to attract the masses to an active social life, but they fail to:
Endless moralizing calls for informing: to guarantee a high degree of awareness of the masses, to provide them with full socialization, to raise their cultural level, etc. – are dictated solely by the logic of the production of sanity. However these appeals have no sense – rational communication and the masses are incompatible. Sense is given to the masses but they crave spectacle (BAUDRILLARD JEAN. 2000: 15).
At the same time, political scientists and philosophers, traditionally considering democratization to progress, are now to a large extent caught aback by the fact that democracy does not work in many post-communist countries. All this makes many doubt the universality of democratic forms of government, especially clearly such sentiments are manifested in Russia:
In Russian ruling circles, the thesis is now fashionable that democracy in the West is just a game, behind which lies the power of money, the military-industrial complex, special services, etc. Indeed, in no country in the world, there is democracy in the sense in which it was understood in ancient Athens, namely: "democracy". Elites rule everywhere, who usually legitimize their power through elections. At the same time, in democracies, elections, by virtue of what happens during their present, and not imitative, competition, make democracy both a game and reality. One of the main reasons for the current crisis of democracy in the West is precisely because there are more games and fewer realities. (CHERNEGA B.N. 2019: 32).
At the same time, the crisis passed China, which is currently developing very dynamically. Applying the principle of structured humanism, the Chinese leadership administratively carries out what is achieved in the West by the methods of democracy – the regular change of ruling teams, the fight against corruption, and social inequality. With such a balanced policy, with the given availability of cheap labor and a large-scale domestic market, China has secured superfast economic growth and has come close to the nominal leader of the world economy, which the United States still remains. Using "soft power", also formed on the principles of Confucianism, China is turning into a global superpower, which becomes an example for the peoples of Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Oceania. The success of China in the fight against coronavirus disease 2019 is also undoubted.
If we take this situation into account, then we must agree with Chung-Ying Cheng that Confucianism is "a resource for the development of a renewed world system" (CHUNG-YING CHENG. 2019: 36). However, his understanding of the goal of civilization as the achievement of human well-being seems too mundane and near-minded. Well-being itself can help achieve the goal as a prerequisite or an enhanced opportunity. A man can comprehend the mystery of the goal of creating the world by God only by perfecting himself and choosing the most successful examples of behavior for this, one of which, indeed, can be affirmed by the principles of Confucianism in the understanding of Chung-Ying Cheng:
Confucianism is a philosophy based on empirical observation and a reflective understanding of humanity or what a person is. It all started with a modest observation of how things and people change and move. This observation experience awakens a person to reflect on his own identity so that he can change his behavior and affirm the autonomy of the human will be based on human feelings and human understanding. Therefore, Confucianism is the discovery of humanity from himself to others and from others to himself. In this discovery of his own “I”, a person establishes his identity and begins to feel others in relation to their identities, which should be discovered by their own “I”. He reveals the human goal of finding good and the human potential for this (ibid: 39).
As we see from the definition, when organizing the life and activity of human society, the role of God is absent in Confucianism, while it should be based on ethical standards developed by individuals in the process of self-knowledge. Perhaps such people hear the voice of God and understand it in their own way, but in principle, God speaks to each person with a voice of conscience and he should be guided by it. This is the difference between Confucianism and many modern religions, which form their own ethical standards.
Nevertheless, there must be a grain of rationality in Confucianism. Its search and adaptation to the peculiarities of other nations will contribute to their success. 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 to take place in human society, recognized and influential authorities must rethink the world around him and the person in him, moving away from the mechanistic ideas about them that developed in the previous historical era.
Under current conditions in world politics, people of a new category should play a more influential role, but not such, imagined E. Fromm. In his opinion, these people should abandon all forms of possession, gain self-confidence based on the inner need for affection, love, unity with the world, feel the joy gained from serving people, free themselves from illusions, and further in the same spirit [FROMM ERICH. 2010: 182-183]. In general, in his view, people of the new category should learn to fully to be, that is, to enjoy life. But it’s not for this that the Lord God created man, although one can only guess at the purpose of his creation. Since man has changed significantly during his existence, it can be assumed that the process of creation continues. This is evidenced at least by the emergence and development of human conscience as the improvement of his spiritual sphere. All this comes from God, but a human, in order to join the process of creation, must understand the meaning of conscience in order to use its manifestations for his own benefit. A huge number of thinkers around the world dealt with the issue of the origin, essence, and manifestation of conscience, but did not receive clear answers, because they were too diverse and even opposite. Due to the different understanding of this psychological phenomenon, some researchers even came to the conclusion that the word conscience should be completely excluded from scientific circulation (VESELOVA E.K. 2009: 127). This is the result of the fact that they, not understanding the Divine nature of conscience, tried to deduce it by an inductive method, delving into the smallest details, that is, studying its particular aspects (conscience and shame, conscience and speech, conscience and knowledge, etc.). A more systematic approach has long been demonstrated by Russian philosophers. Considering the traditional Russian consciousness to be especially marked by a "conscientious" perception of reality, they considered the doctrine of conscience from the point of view of worldview unity, and thanks to their efforts, the Russian mentality receives a new contextual reading with a focus on the problem of conscience (DRUZHININ V.I, SAMASRTSEVA E.I. 2009).
In the report of the Club of Rome, the topic of the systemic crisis is considered mainly in the aspect of the interaction between nature and man [WEIZSÄCKER, von ERNST ULRICH; WIJKMAN ANDERS. 2018, 2]. In this report, the emphasis is placed precisely on the preservation of the quality of the elements of nature, however, when two objects interact, both must adapt to each other. Human adaptation to changing environmental conditions is usually not discussed, although such a tendency is already manifesting itself in the new posthumanist movement. Proponents of such a worldview, in their striving for improvement, must fit into the entire process of the creation of the Universe, and a person at a certain stage of his development must fulfill some Divine task on Earth within the framework of this process. This task is more serious than just being in joy and love. Joy and love, being positive qualities of life, should only ensure the successful constructive activity of people in accordance with their potential capabilities. The history of mankind has always been a mutual creation act of God and Man, but in the future, this interaction should become more consistent:
Episodic and ephemeral human participation in earthly history is redeemed when he gets the opportunity to play his role on Earth as a willing helper of God, whose authority over everything gives Divine weight and significance to insignificant and pitiful human effort without it (TOYNBEE ARNOLD J. 1995: 108).
But in order to become the “willing assistant”, it is necessary to understand the ideas of God, according to which He created this world, to realize exactly what He did and what Man did, and analyze whether any actions of Man contradict the act of God. According to Saint Augustine (354-430), each person finds evidence of the existence of God in his own soul, but nowadays it is not enough to prove the existence of God to yourself, it is necessary to understand the "logic" of His creation. The prehistory of humanity, when the man himself played an insignificant role, allows it to be done, but it still needs to be known in general ways. And this should be the first priority of the people of the new category, whose activities will be aimed at overcoming the crisis of liberal humanism. Instead of a passive desire to be in a fundamentally new society, they should have an active desire to have it. Such people cannot be very numerous, especially since they have to give up some dubious joys of life, but having joy and at the same time the duty in serving God and people in accordance with the traditional ethical values, which provide for respect for elders, teachers, and parents, what is impossible without realizing by men their place in the hierarchical structure "family – community – region – country – nation".
Liberal humanism found its natural reflection in liberal democracy, that is, in the political system now dominant in the West, which provides not only free general elections but also the rule of law, separation of powers, freedom of speech, assembly, religion, ownership of property. However, in some countries of Central Asia, free elections brought dictatorship to power, in the Balkans they exacerbated inter-ethnic conflicts, while under authoritarian rule there remained tolerance. In Arab countries, there is a danger of choosing even more reactionary than previous regimes. (ZAKARIA FAREED, 2004, 6).
Thus, it turned out that liberal democracy can lead to the opposite of the intended outcome. This was already evident in the example of most African countries, where its imposition led to rower dictatorial regimes.
Liberalism is based on the direction in the philosophy of the Ancient Greeks and Romans, which emphasizes the importance of personal freedom (ibid, 8). However, the Greeks and Romans could understand freedom differently than the philosophers of our time. Here is one of the modern definitions:
The fundamental sense of freedom is freedom from chains, from imprisonment, enslavement, by others. The rest is an extension of this sense, or else metaphor. To strive to be free id to seek to remove obstacles, to struggle for personal freedom, is to seek to curb interference, exploitation, enslavement by men whose ends are theirs, not one's own. The freedom, at least in the political sense, is co-terminous with the absence of bullying or domination (BERLIN ISAIAH, 1994, 52)
Philosophers try to describe the phenomenon of the concept of freedom, but its essence escapes from their reasoning as soon as it comes to positive and negative liberty. This is because a person is never free. Even if he is free from the chains, the imprisonment, the enslavement, and other external restraints of his actions, he still remains a prisoner of an internal deterrent in his conscience. Constitutional liberalism, in the words of Zakaria, places the rule by law at the center of political life, while the rule of law must be exercised. However, a person has not only the rights received at his birth but also the duties dictated by his conscience, also obtained at birth from God. And if his rights are secured by laws, then duties must also be regulated by any of the forms of public life.
Throughout the history of mankind, religion has been such a form, and Christianity has especially consistently maintained that the obligation of man to God is more important than the obligation to the state. However, in recent centuries, Christianity is increasingly losing its influence on social processes. This is the main cause of the crisis of liberal humanism.
Throughout the history of mankind, religion has been such a form, and Christianity has been especially consistent in asserting the opinion that a person's duty to God is more important than a duty to the state. However, in recent centuries, Christianity is gradually losing its influence on social processes because it has lost the pace of development that every religion must follow in accordance with scientific and technological progress; in particular, it does not improve its understanding of human nature. On the other hand, people, without losing their Christian religiosity, but being guided by gaining experiencing faith and not hoping for salvation in the other world, are already looking for spiritual support in this. In fact, a new era is beginning in the history of Christianity, while it is gaining new believers, not in the West, but in the so-called "global South" – in Africa, Asia, and Latin America (STEOANIVA E.A. 2012: 87)
China's economic success under authoritarian rule gives rise to doubts about the promise of liberal forms of government. Moreover, there are signs of degradation of the European democratic system:
- it has been noticeable for a long time that the overwhelming majority of the newly created parties in Europe are "protest" groups, and only a few of them are capable of effective management (KOMAREK STANISLAV. 2021, 233).
The simultaneous crisis of Christianity and democracy prompts the need for their simultaneous reform in the "Regimentun mixtum" principle. According to this principle, the spiritual control of the church in the state should be authoritarian. When Christianity takes on new forms, the possibility of discovering in them a spiritual component in the secular is not ruled out, which will lead to its interaction with secular authorities and secular organizations. However, in matters of faith, the pluralism of opinions acceptable to secular authorities in a modernized Christianity must be limited to a circle of competent persons. As for reforming democracy into post-democracy, it should have different forms for different social strata of society.
In accordance with the principle of structuredness, which should exist in the world, the bearer of power cannot be the entire multitude of members of any human community. There must be a certain category of people, from which all bodies of power would be formed. Plato believed that the state should be governed by philosophers. However, even after two thousand and a half years, the idea of managing states on a scientific basis is far from being realized. No wonder A.D. Sakharov complained that "the scientific method of managing politics, economy, art, education, and military affairs has not yet become a reality" (SAKHAROV A.D.1968-2). In principle, people in power should profess some lofty goals. However, at the time of Plato, philosophy was in such a state that it would be dangerous to entrust the leadership of the state to philosophers, and Sakharov was not a philosopher. At the time of Plato, philosophy was in agreement with the achievements of the then physics and mathematics, for both physicists and mathematicians were philosophers at the same time. In our time, a true philosopher has the opportunity to operate with a much larger volume of knowledge of the humanities and natural sciences, but they cannot be integrated into an integral system so far. Thus, we come to where we started – it is necessary to overcome the existing techno-humanitarian imbalance in the world.
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