“For those who want to live as a natural individual the Pillars, as simple as they may seem, are a benchmark. For those who want to live in hyper-realities the Pillars make no sense and are foreign concepts. They then are at best merely a reference to the past.” – Hyper-Truth and Hyper-Reality
If about anything, then civilization is about the legacy of the individual.
Through the millennia we have built mankind’s society based on the interpretations of the world, life and reality by individuals.
The Pharaohs of Egypt, individually and consecutively, to this very day are the reason why so much mystery surrounds ancient Egypt. The First Council of Nicaea called by Roman Emperor Constantine I is perhaps the most important reason why the world knows Christianity as it exists today. Several centuries later Prophet Muhammad would become the source of Islam. In the 1940s one man, Adolf Hitler, would give rise to an ideology that still has tens of thousands of followers today. But also the interpretations by people like Michael Jackson, the musical artist, Bill Gates, creator of the Microsoft empire, and Mahatma Gandhi are why we know and experience the world as it exists.
The deep understanding that this is the way human civilization has existed, since it began, and will continue to exist is the foundation of the Animus Society’s philosophy.
2. The Human Mind
At the heart of any legacy, individually and collectively, is the mind, the human mind. Everything ever created and formulated by humans was born in a person’s mind. From the founding principles of religions to the most advanced infrastructures that we will ever devise, they all find their origins in the mind. The mind is so powerful that it even enables us to dissect and harness the forces of nature.
The conditioning of minds is why we have organized/institutionalized religion and why wars are waged but also why peace is achieved and our species can thrive.
If anything should be nurtured, and worshiped at all, then for sure it is the human mind.
It is because of individual minds, first, that have questioned and continue to question the reality that surrounds them that we are able to advance as a species. Asking the question, even the question that we can’t seem to ever answer, is the basis of our understanding of the world that we create around ourselves.
It is by formulating the questions and studying the possible answers that we give ourselves access to paths that we, individually and collectively, have never traveled before.
From asking the questions, even the ones we can’t yet answer, we draw knowledge. Knowledge is what brings along experts and visionaries who in turn provide us with understanding and wisdom.
The better we are at gathering knowledge and spreading knowledge the more meaningful legacies can be born in individual minds.
For a society to thrive it needs to adopt and nurture morality, without morality local communities and a global society collapse. Adopting morality is more than knowing what is right or wrong. Adopting morality means that it broadly exists within and is anchored deep, through the individual, into the social fabric of human civilization.
Preservation of morality is, therefore, crucial if any society wants to survive and is seeking to thrive.
Achieving greater and deeply rooted wisdom is one of the main goals of the individual and of mankind. Not only does it enable us to materialize a greater number of legacies that are born in the mind of the individual it also causes those legacies to be more advanced and to be more resilient throughout time.
Kinship is what makes people want to belong together – in a family, an organization, a community and even in a collective.
The balance is crucial. A kind of kinship that seeks to oppress other kinds of kinship causes an imbalance that can lead to the demise of civilization.
Restoring and preserving the balance between the different kinds of kinship is therefore one of the main goals of the individual and mankind.
Loyalty to one’s community, be it on a local or a global scale, is vital to the perpetual existence of a kinship. Loyalty is not the same as blind or unconditional allegiance, as in nationalism for example. On the contrary, loyalty is wanting and actively working towards the greater good for the community, to ensure the survival of the kinship.
The existence of mankind is dictated by the balance that it cherishes. If there is no balance, and yet that is what a society prefers, mankind has no chance to stand the test of time.
The individual, the community – society – is, thus, forever tasked with restoring and preserving the balance of our existence.
Through the other 11 Pillars of Animus humans have the power and ability to be the guardians of the balance of their own individual and the collective existence.
Hope is what motivates a person and a community to continue to exist. Comfort and purpose are drawn from hope and it is the reason why mankind has survived throughout the ages.
Creating, spreading and preserving hope is one of the main goals of the individual and mankind.
Truly caring for the survival of a morally guided community, or the collective society, requires that everyone contributes time, effort and when possible also resources to the perpetual existence of a kinship, a community and society as a whole.
Voluntarism extends far beyond feeding the poor and clothing the needy. Spreading knowledge, restoring balance, helping others find hope and achieve wisdom contributes to experiencing purpose – for those who offer help and those who receive it.
In a world where political and religious extremism, immoral behavior and unscientific madness have become the norm one’s sanity is tested every day.
More and more people are no longer capable of distinguishing the actual reality from the insanity that they are exposed to.
Restoring sanity today and preserving sanity for the next generations is, perhaps, the biggest challenge and the most important goal of our time.