The period of beginning

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“Domine, quo vadis?”, Annibale Carraci, 1601-1602

At present, humanity appears dominated by the dread of the catastrophe of civilization, that Apocalyptic conflagration of all things spoken of in the last book of the Bible. The media, print, visual, and digital seem to constantly reflect this fascination of a cultural suicide, an abortion of the process of historical progress begun since the emergence of modernity starting upon the period of the Renaissance. Today, the question that seems to preoccupy man is whether Western civilization is in decline as its ideological power is threatened by cultural dissolution and its economic hegemony by the rise of the Orient.

In the third millennium since the advent of Christianity, it appears that the religion that has had the most revolutionary imprint on human history is experiencing a decline and thus seems concerned with the thought of the end of the world. But for the Christian, embarking on the age that dawns it is necessary to treat the contemporary times as a period of beginning, of a new Incarnation – it is for mankind an opportunity to look past its own failures and address the challenges of the century with a fresh spirit that sees beyond the writings of the prophets and into the novelty of an age of wonders, that fulfills the Adamic promise of the domination of man on creation and the fulfillment of that dispensation of nature that aspires for the finality of civilization.

It is necessary to present as such, a novel conception of history that conceives the “struggle for life’’ beyond the volitional aspect, that awaits the final conflagration of all things in a trial of Judgement and enter into a spirit of discovery that is literary, favoring human life thus, as an adventure, a movement towards the realizations of the potencies inherent to the human nature – it is a conception inherited from the comprehension that the human person is inherently good though imperfect and necessitates the education of society in his animal, moral, and spiritual formation.

Progress is possible for humanity if human history transitions as literature, as fantasy,  in which true scholarship is found in the discovery of the cosmos and the domestication of human habit by the conscious effort of culture. It is the novel understanding that the true enemy of man may not be Satan, but rather, Death, mortality – evidently, a movement towards immortality.

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