“[The spiritual] man is the measure of all things.”
The second renaissance: The post-modern Protagoras
The word “Renaissance” originates from the French word for “Rebirth”. And in this great and timely article, I want to discuss the second or the next renaissance which has already begun. I speak of the second renaissance because there was a first one which is sometimes called the European Renaissance.
The first renaissance or the European Renaissance occurred during the 14th – 17th centuries and it was what saw the rebirth and the renewed interest in “learning about classical antiquity [right]… after the Middle Ages, in which classical philosophy was largely ignored or forgotten.”
The first renaissance is said to have begun in Italy where the Italian scholars became interested in the classical works of the Greeks and the Romans. This interest was to spread to the other parts of Europe as the wave of barbarism fell.
The first renaissance saw the rebirth of many of the aspects of knowledge like the arts, the sciences, politics, literature, etc. It is reported to be what set man “in the center of life’s stage” and to be what led to the return of “humanistic values.”
But the point that I want you to know in this article is that the first renaissance was what set the physical man in the center of life’s stage but the second renaissance is what now sets the spiritual man in the center of life’s stage.
In understanding how the first renaissance and the second renaissance are different, it is important to know the character and the nature of man which they emphasize and elevate and how they do so.
The first renaissance was about the renewed and revived interest in the classical worldview of the Greeks and the Romans but the second renaissance is about the renewed and revived interest in the worldview of the very ancient civilizations of the world of which ancient Egypt stands tall.
So, the second renaissance is the rebirth of ancient Egyptian antiquity and of any of the other ancient cultures that honoured cosmic spirituality and that is evident in their regard and erection of monolithic pyramids. For the pyramid with its four- side-triangles and square base is the most complete form of all the sacred geometries.The second renaissance is the rebirth of ancient Egyptian antiquity.Click To Tweet
I am in this article referring to the revival and the resurrection of the spirit of the age of the Pyramids. In the second renaissance, we are no longer looking at earthly, “humanistic values” but at the pure and spiritual cosmic values that all existence uphold.In the second renaissance, we are no longer looking at earthly, 'humanistic values' but at the pure and spiritual cosmic values that all existence uphold.Click To Tweet
The first renaissance saw the rebirth of the arts, the sciences, culture, politics, literature etc., and they all had physical underpinnings but the second renaissance now sees the rebirth of the arts, the sciences, culture, politics, literature etc., and they all have spiritual underpinnings.
So, the first renaissance and the second renaissance are different in that the first renaissance was about the physical view of existence and of the universe but the second renaissance is about the spiritual view of existence and of the universe.
Also, the first renaissance was what led to the discovery of not the spiritual world but of the physical world. It was a discovery of the false picture of the universe which only the spiritual world can represent.
It may be obvious in the above paragraph that I am referring to the first scientific revolution which was an event in the first renaissance. This is not far from the truth.
The revolutions of science that graced the first renaissance were what produced and fostered a physical view of the world. But the revolutions of science that now graces the second renaissance is what has produced and now fosters a spiritual view of the world.
The second renaissance is about a worldwide spiritual awakening and not about a European physical awakening that characterized the first renaissance. And with the advent of the second renaissance, the first renaissance can only be referred to as a physical awakening.
So, in this regard, the second renaissance is a breakaway from the first renaissance and it is a higher awakening of the consciousness of man to perceive the spiritual aspects of the universe which were before hidden from him and could not have been revealed by the first renaissance.
Also, the spiritual underpinning of the second renaissance that I spoke of has begun to take its roots in science with the introduction of the new scientific method which is different from the scientific method that was birthed during the first renaissance.
The spiritual having taken roots in science will also easily take roots in the other aspects of knowledge such as the arts, literature, politics etc. This is because the newly discovered metaphysical principles of the universe are unboundedly universal and they apply to all knowledge.
The technological revolutions that will follow from this second renaissance are what, as I have said, will launch man into the age of scientific miracles. They will be higher and more profound and far-reaching than the technological revolutions of the first renaissance.
Also, the technological revolutions of the second renaissance will reflect the new spiritual view of the universe unlike the technological revolutions of the first renaissance which reflected the physical view of the universe.The technological revolutions of the second renaissance will reflect the new spiritual view of the universe.Click To Tweet
The second renaissance which is a rebirth of pre-classical antiquity will also produce progressive developments from it. The arts will be transformed in a way that will be very profound as it manifests on the world stage.
For now and due to the first renaissance, the arts are greatly dependent on the physical view of the universe, but the spiritual view of the universe that has come will change how the arts manifest perspective and display the universe.
The spiritual worldview which can be found in the new science will assist the arts to access vision beyond what is permissible by light. The arts will go beyond their dependence on light and begin to access vision by the superluminal means.
This has a whole lot of potentials of turning the arts to become spiritual and more experiential than it is today. In the second renaissance, art will go beyond painting and the seven colours, and it will be more about an experiential depiction of the universe and of the objects of vision.
Politics will also allow for the newly discovered principles of the universe that have immense philosophical implications for how we socialize and interact with culture.
Literature will also see its rebirth as we would tell the stories of our distant past not so far in time from the cradle of civilization, and as the second renaissance progresses, we will tell new stories as we come to experience the world in a spiritual way.
Inspired intuition will become widespread in this spiritual renaissance and it will be the most pervasive means of attaining knowledge besides the new tutorship of the high priests of knowledge.
The second renaissance is about the return of the very ancient culture that honoured spiritual wisdom and placed the staff of knowledge in the hands of priests and not scholars as it has become a common term for the tutors of knowledge.
Understanding how the second renaissance calls for a change in the education system and the academic culture of our time is an important clue to how differently the second renaissance will unfold itself.
Just as the first renaissance saw the revival and the transformation of learning, so also will the second renaissance see the revival and the transformation of learning in the manner already discussed.
The establishments of learning will be based on the spiritual consciousness of the universe and not on the physical consciousness of the universe as has been the case.
It would be that after learning has been achieved that a complete spiritual man would have been moulded and not a complete canal man as is the case today due to the first renaissance. This complete spiritual man will have the true awareness of the universe.
The first renaissance confronted the religious establishment and sought to replace “religious metaphysics” with what I will call scientific physics. But the second renaissance confronts the religious establishment and sought to replace “religious metaphysics” with what I will call scientific metaphysics.
The second renaissance confronts religion and its strongholds with the pure and scientific metaphysics of the universe. This new renaissance is a revival of true scientific spirituality and not of false scientific physicality that was accomplished by the first renaissance.
The second renaissance is a revolution from the first renaissance, and it is what would satisfy by true scientific knowledge and not by religious obligations and doctrines the spiritual thirst of man.
The second renaissance is what now births the spiritual freedom necessary for the pursuit of immortality. This is unlike the first renaissance which birthed “intellectual freedom” that only fostered and amplified mortality.
The second renaissance is a complete liberation from the conception of an external, heavenly immortality which can only be attained after death, for it is the emergence of an internal, earthly, immortality that can be attained in existence and not after death.
The second renaissance is about the revival and spread of spiritual consciousness and of the higher philosophies of the universe. It’s about the spiritual understanding of the universe from which immortality can result. For spiritual knowledge and not death is the true and enticing path to immortality.
The first renaissance enabled man to come into contact with what can be referred to as the physical laws of the universe but the second renaissance is what now enables man to come into contact with the spiritual laws of the universe.
These immutable spiritual laws are the governing factors of immortality, they are the supreme elements of knowledge. No man without them can have even a distant claim to immortality, which can only be the result of a deep and profound spiritual awareness that is founded on truth.
The second renaissance is a movement towards an ever-increasing spiritual awakening which the first renaissance is aimed at destroying. This is why the second renaissance is not a continuation of the first renaissance, rather it is a complete transition or defeat of the first renaissance.
It is obvious that I am against the first renaissance which has been praised in many philosophical and historical discussions. No doubt the first renaissance was a springtime for knowledge (which disapprovedly was physical) but at the same time, it was a devolution of mankind.
The first renaissance was what regrettably set the physical man and not the spiritual man at the center of the universe. The dictum of Protagoras that “man is the measure of all things” can only apply to the spiritual man and not to the physical man.
Only “[the spiritual] man is the measure of all things whereby all things are governed by spiritual laws whence they proceed. This understanding is important as it is at the center of the emergence and the evolution of the second renaissance.
So, at the center of the first renaissance was the understanding that “[the physical] man is the measure of all things” but at the center of the second renaissance is the understanding that “[the spiritual] man is the measure of all things.”
The second renaissance has come at a time when man should once again open the very ancient books and see their true meaning and implications for the post-modern world or age which is a result of the second renaissance.
You know, the first renaissance produced the modern world, but the second renaissance is what now produces the post-modern world. So, mankind is already in a new epoch which I sometimes call the Kingdom of God.
What else can it be? For the new institution of knowledge and of learning is aimed at making man a God upon the Earth. This is the only true way he can be the master of the cosmic forces and of his own destiny.
These aims have surprisingly evaded the first renaissance in which they were thought to be accomplishable, which as a result of the first renaissance man has not become the master of the cosmic forces.
One can say that more time may be all that is needed for the first renaissance to accomplish these feats. But this is not the true, for the emergence of the second renaissance shows that the limitation and not the enablement of man is the result of the first renaissance.
Placing the physical man at the center of life’s stage in the first renaissance was a complete devolution of man from what could have been better. Man could have attained a better status and this is what has impeded the progress of mankind towards mastering the cosmic forces.
Only the spiritual man can master the cosmic forces and attain the status of God. Some think of the Kingdom of God as a religious Kingdom overseen by a Heavenly Being called God. This is not the true and far-reaching thought of it.
The Kingdom of God should be seen as the same thing as saying the Kingdom of man. It is obvious that the latter implies or refers to a kingdom that is populated by men. The same meaning applies to the former. The Kingdom of God is a Kingdom that is populated by Gods.
And the former, that is the Kingdom of God, is only a transition of the latter, that is the kingdom of man. For when the consciousness of man transits to the higher levels of awareness of the true spiritual ways of the universe, then man has attained God and his former Kingdom of man has become the Kingdom of God.
The first renaissance which is praised for its intellectual revolution was actually what placed matter over mind. It led to the subjection of the mind and the elevation of matter. But the second renaissance is what elevates the mind and places matter under subjection.
The first renaissance taught man to derive the laws of the universe from the observations of matter but the second renaissance teaches man to derive the laws of the universe from the observations of mind.
Man is now at the actual end of the emanation of cosmic laws. He is no longer just an observer or a subject of the cosmic processes but he has also become an actual actor and a cause of the cosmic processes.
The first renaissance saw the resurrection of matter or the body but the second renaissance now sees the resurrection of the spirit. The focus on the physical structure and the physical appearance of things is giving way for the focus on the spiritual structure and the spiritual appearance of things. This is to reflect in the arts and also in the sciences.
True cosmic devotion is the new legacy of the second renaissance and not religious devotion or humanistic devotion. God has become the Holy One of Thought and not the Holy One of Religion.
The world is returning to the natural sense and experience of spirituality which was characteristic of the ancient world which it seeks to resurrect and rebirth. The world is returning to the kind of spirituality that is not imposed but that is derived from the new spiritual perception and accompanying experience of the cosmos.
So, the spirituality of the second renaissance is the one that is attached to the spirituality of the cosmos. It is cosmic spirituality that I speak of and not religious spirituality or any other kind.
The whole of mankind will now turn in an unrelenting and ever-increasing devotion towards cosmic spirituality which is the eternal legacy of the second renaissance.
Earthly physicality was the legacy of the first renaissance and it has served its purpose. The fullness of its time has come and it must give way for the better ascension of man by the second renaissance.
The spirit has risen and it has risen from the shadows of the Pyramids which stand today as a reminder of a time when cosmic spirituality ruled the Earth. And this time, we are experiencing the rebirth of cosmic spirituality which will progress and evolve differently from its former days as we move forward into the future.
In this second renaissance, music will manifest its true cosmic appearance as the ancient concept of the music of the spheres becomes understood and engaged.
Man will listen to not just the Earthly music but also to the music of heaven which is what satisfies and catches the fascination of spirit. A deep spiritual sense of music and art will show itself and has already begun in the second renaissance.
The second renaissance is about the complete elevation of whatever makes up civilization and knowledge from the physical to the spiritual. This understanding is important in this article and it is the ramifying effect of the second renaissance.
This transition is what fulfils the long-prophesied resurrection and its attainment is the satisfaction and the experience of “Heaven”.
The second renaissance is the greatest thrill ever for all of mankind! It is a new history of the world which has become birthed from the old world which its culture and spiritual conscience it has resurrected.
The second renaissance is the means towards mankind’s desire for the unlimited potentials of science. And as these breakthroughs of science burst forth on the Earth, the systems and procedures of socio-economics will change.
Socio-economics and the economy of this world will be transformed by the full mastery of energy in all its forms and applications. This is a scientific revolution that only the second renaissance can produce.
Remember how the first renaissance led to the movement from feudalism to capitalism as the means of production became more mechanized. The same revolutionary move is expected in the socio-economics of the world as the second renaissance produces its own scientific revolution and mechanization.
This socio-economic revolution will be possible as energy becomes easily accessible and manipulatable by man. And in fact, in general, as science progresses towards the greater mastery of the cosmic forces, a transition in the socio-economic structure of the world becomes inevitable.
Capitalism can no longer stand as the economic future of mankind. We have learned from history and from the first renaissance how scientific progress can be the catalyst for socio-economic change. This will also be true for the second renaissance.
The first renaissance which led to the revolution of the printing press and the later revolution of the internet have all transformed how we communicate and transport information. But another revolution is to be expected that will be advance these revolutions and achievements.
I foresee this revolution to be the new means of communicating beyond the provisions and the capabilities of light. The new superluminal wave of the universe is what will be used to advance the internet and communications.
Something more revolutionary than the internet will come forth, for the new means of engaging superluminal energy will transform computerization and this will, in turn, revolutionalize or replace the internet.
This that I foresee and the others that will come as the practical applications make their way is how the second renaissance will also change the way we communicate, disseminate and transport information.
The second renaissance is more about how the mind of man has become transformed into another appreciation and recognition of its existence and of the world around it.
This is what this article is all about. It’s is about informing you of what these transformations are and what they are likely to become as man progresses into the future.
We are no longer in expectation of the new world. We are now in the experience of it, and it has come riding on the wind of the second renaissance which is what is clothed in the allegories and the mystical prophecies of old.
Until next time,
I will be here.
– M. V. Echa
Addendum: I want to sincerely use this medium to appreciate the great spirits of the first renaissance: I appreciate Roger Bacon, Copernicus, Galileo Galilee, Isaac Newton etc. for their contributions to science and philosophy; Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Raphael etc. for their contributions to art; Martin Luther, John Calvin, etc. for their contributions to the religious reformations; Columbus, Magellan, Francis, etc. for their contributions to geography; Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio, Shakespeare, etc. for their contributions to literature and poetry; Guillaume Dufay, Gilles Binchois, Claude etc. for their contributions to the first renaissance music.
Time and space will fail me to mention them all but I deeply appreciate them all — All the great men and women that their works produced the first renaissance and the modern world. I also appreciate the classical works of Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle, Protagoras, Archimedes, etc. that laid the foundation for the first renaissance.