A New Humanism Beyond Prescriptive Narrative
The social relationships necessitated and maintained by the advent of agriculture have been a central component of structuring human society for over 10,000 years. Seriously considered, the concept of the End of the Age of Agriculture is highly consequential and requires a deeply thoughtful and thorough re-examination of the essential assumptions of our institutions and their evolutionary direction.
A philosophy based on our evidentiary knowledge of evolution and our consequential place in nature can provide a basis for the development of the order of consciousness necessary to overcome the virulent metaphorical forms of tribalism such as racism, nationalism and religion. Overcoming this socially atavistic, dangerous reliance is exigent given the advent of nuclear weapons.
Modern humans have evidently demonstrated a deep historical sense of awe manifested in perception of the sublime and the sacred.
Tribalism, metaphorically transformed and self-inflated by myths of monopolized divine favour, thrived through the Age of Agriculture by prescriptive narrative. Prescriptive narrative, so used, perpetuated the rule and continuous reward system of the warrior class. In spite of the Enlightenment in the West, this system remained extant through the terrible resurgence in the 20th century until it was finally and abruptly ended among technologically advanced nations by the deterrence of nuclear war.
Art provides a means to experience the sacred beyond prescriptive narrative.
Prescriptive narrative will continue to yield ethical as well as analogical solutions for specifically identified localized systems.
However, a new philosophy for the end of the age of agriculture cannot overcome tribalism if it attempts to become universal prescriptive narrative.
Judgments made with the weight of individual conscience encourage the evolution of consciousness and reduce our divisive, atavistic dependence on mythological origins. We have learned in our recent history that there are times when individual conscience must overwhelm group moral certainty.