INTRODUCTION
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The Founding Books


General
The two books that are the existing literature of the Society, viz.


are the authoritative statement of its ideas, concepts, beliefs, principles and rules. Following world-wide establishment, the Society as a whole will take up responsibility for refining, producing and approving authoritative amendments or additions to those texts as the changing circumstances of humanity demand.

The founding books of the Society are an attempt to state exactly and with precision the whole of the thinking leading to the establishment of the Society of HumanKind, and the ideas, concepts and principles that underpin its policies, practices and activities. They examine afresh major aspects of our social and moral life from the perspective of the Society.

The principles of the Society demand that it must do nothing to proselytise, or to seek to persuade others to abandon their existing beliefs. Consequently no special effort has been made to make the books easily read or understood. They are intended to test the determination of those who seek their help.


First founding book: "Foundations of the Society of HumanKind"

The Axioms and Dogma of the Society appear at the beginning of the 'Foundations'. They are precise statements of the fundamental ideas of the Society. No argument or justification wider than that set out in this Introduction supports the Axioms and the Dogma. The reader must either accept or reject the view of the universe and of human existence they present. Acceptance is an indispensable prerequisite to membership of the Society of HumanKind.

From the Axioms and Dogma are derived three tri-part Principles . That is the framework on which the structure of the Society is built. That frame supports nine Treaties developed from the perspective provided by the Axioms, Dogma and Principles. The Treatises are,

  • 1. On Knowledge
  • 2. On the Individual
  • 3. On Tolerance
  • 4. On Justice
  • 5. On Peace
  • 6. On Morality
  • 7. On Culture
  • 8. On Relationships
  • 9. On the Constitution of the Society of HumanKind

  • Each Treatise sets out the implications of an acceptance of the Axioms, Dogma and Principles in the field that it covers. It describes that aspect of human life in the age of the Society of HumanKind. The Treatise on Knowledge establishes a common theme of the Treatises. It explores the important implication of the Axioms that there can be no certain base for human knowledge. The ultimate and inherent uncertainty of all human knowledge is a fundamental premise of the Society of HumanKind.

    The Treatise on the Constitution of the Society of HumanKind examines and explains the structure and organisation of the Society. It is wholly self-governing and controlled by its living membership through a regulating hierarchy of Executive Committees and Councils of Elders culminating at World level. The Treatise presents the argument justifying a restriction on any amendment to the founding books or authorised texts of the Society, or to its rules and constitution. No such change is permissible other than by the authority of the World Council of Elders and only then after consultation with every Council and Committee of the Society.

    Pending the establishment of the World Council, and to prevent unnecessary conflict and dispute should the early stages of the Society be unduly prolonged, that responsibility will be held in trust on behalf of the whole Society by its Founder and author of its two founding books. Other aspects of the Society are examined in a later section of this Introduction .

    The first founding book also contains the Ordinances of the Society, which is its constitution. The Ordinances formally set out the Aim, Duty and Responsibility of the Society. Those three statements are a recapitulation of the Axioms and Dogma insofar as they determine the purposes and objectives of the Society. The Ordinances also describe the general principles governing the work of the Society, and its methods of electing its Councils and Committees. They give its membership full responsibility for all decisions and actions necessary to discharge its Duty and Responsibility, and thus to achieve its Aim.

    The first of the founding books of the Society ends with a Discourse . It gives the reader an insight into the background and writing of the book. The purpose of the Discourse is to give another perspective on the meaning and intent of the earlier parts.


    Second founding book: "Essays on the Society of HumanKind"
    The second of the founding books of the Society of HumanKind is a collection of Essays on major social issues as they are viewed by the Society. The first deals with the important question of the Authority of the World Council of Elders . It lays the grounds for authority in the Society, and its exercise by the supreme Council in an age where the Axiomatic uncertainty of all human knowledge is accepted.

    The other Essays deal with other important subjects. The issues are those considered of sufficient significance to warrant examination at the foundation of the Society. The subjects included in the Essays, and further questions arising from the emergence of the Society of HumanKind, both remain open to debate and review. The author of the founding books, and other Members and Elders of the Society, will all play a part. Following its first appearance the World Council of Elders will foster, encourage, and take responsibility for directing, that process.

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