Concepts and Ideas


Three ideas provide the foundation for the 'Society of Humankind' with its proposals for the future peace, harmony and immortality of the human species. They are:
  • a chance origin for our species;
  • an unknowable limit on human potential;
  • the autonomy of humanity, that is, that the human species is free to choose its own destiny.
  • These three ideas are formally set out in the Axioms and Dogma of the Society of HumanKind.

    Axioms: We are Alone
    The three Axioms of the Society are:

    (i) "Humankind owes its origins to chance"
    By the measurement of our species the universe is infinite and eternal. In so vast an environment any conceivable event is possible. Given those limitless possibilities the combination of circumstances that result in human life must occur somewhere and sometime. The Society of HumanKind adopts that explanation for the existence of human life on our planet.

    (ii) "Human potential is not fixed or predictable"
    The Society accepts two important consequences of its view of the origins of our species;
  • that there can be no ultimately certain base for human knowledge,
  • that there is no original model or perfect example of humanity to which individuals can be compared, or against which they may be measured.
  • knowledge
  • A chance explanation of our origins as a species must also apply to the range and scope of our attributes and characteristics. They are equally subject to chance. Accordingly, acceptance of the Axioms has the consequence that we can no longer be certain that we possess all the attributes and characteristics required fully to comprehend either ourselves or the environment we inhabit. However, that degree of uncertainty must also apply to our capacity fully or finally to anticipate either the future form of our society or the extent of our future knowledge.
  • skills
  • If chance accounts for the origins of our abilities and characteristics then it must apply to their later development. Thus the lack of an original model or perfect example of humanity means that the future qualities, abilities and possibilities of any and every member of the human species are not fixed or in any way pre-determined.

    (iii) "Humanity is autonomous"
    Put together, those two consequences of a chance origin for our species leave us unable to define the limit of the potential of our abilities, knowledge and skills, or to recognise that limit when, or if, it is reached. We can therefore only regard our capacity for progress and development as limitless. Such infinite potential must encompass every humanly conceivable possibility, including the discovery of a means to liberate ourselves from the oblivion of death and the consequent ability to use that freedom to grant immortality to every past, present and future member of the human species.

    Dogma: We can Save Ourselves
    A choice of that possibility as the objective of human existence is expressed in the Dogma of the Society of HumanKind. The Dogma asserts that only two conditions are required for the achievement of our liberation from death and the salvation of every member of humanity. They are:
  • the infinite survival of the human species; and
  • social conditions that permit continuous growth in human abilities, skills and knowledge.
  • The Society of HumanKind exists to create and maintain those conditions in pursuit of its Aim .


    The founding beliefs of the Society of HumanKind are:
    (a) the Axioms;
    (b) that the Objective of the Dogma and its Aim can both be achieved.
    The beliefs of the Society of HumanKind are subject to the uncertainty of all human knowledge described earlier. They are therefore arguable but not provable, and no demonstration of their truth or validity can, or will, be attempted. Acceptance of them is a matter of faith, much as with the foundation ideas of earlier religions and similar movements. The fundamental difference between the Society of HumanKind and all its predecessors is not in the amount or degree of faith required for adherence. It lies in the extent to which humanity depends on itself for;
  • salvation, and
  • moral guidance
  • rather than on external powers and entities. The greatest benefit of the emergence of the Society of HumanKind is to put humanity in full control of its survival and its destiny for the first time in its history.
  • salvation
  • The Society is the agency of the salvation of all humankind through the achievement of the objective of the Dogma and the consequent realisation of its Aim. It will do so by using the opportunity provided by its new-won freedom from death to develop an ability to retrieve the essence of each individual, their identity, from death. The effect will be to reunite all members of our species in a new immortal era. The Society does not presently propose, nor does it envisage, any other use of that ability in view of the risk of unforeseeable consequences for the settled sequence of human history.
  • morality
  • The liberation of every individual from the oblivion of death, and their salvation by the Society, will expose all human actions to retrospective judgement by the whole of humankind. At our reunification following the achievement of the Aim of the Society, every individual will be judged on their conduct during their lives by the whole of humanity, including and especially by those whom they may have harmed or disadvantaged by their actions and decisions in life. With the benefit of the combined evidence and unprecedented abilities and facilities of a reunited and immortal humanity it will be possible for every member of humankind to know everything about anyone.

    The moral consequences for humankind are all-encompassing. No decision and action, no matter how secret or concealed, can be hidden from the combined future scrutiny of the whole of humankind. Following their liberation from death and consequent reunion with the whole of humankind everyone will live in perpetuity with the judgement of the whole of humankind on all their decisions and actions. That is the sanction by which the Society will encourage individuals both to pursue its Aim and to follow a moral life during the mortal part of their existence.

    The Society will extend its promise of a reunified existence after death to the whole human species, whether they are followers or adherents of the Society during life or not. It will do so in order to ensure that no wrong remains unredressed, and no virtue unrewarded, in our immortal era.

    Joining the Society

    Membership of the Society is the means by which individuals directly contribute to the achievement of its Aim, and with it to the salvation of themselves and the whole of the rest of humanity, past, present and to come. In addition, by joining and participating in the work of the Society members contribute to the creation of peaceful and secure communities that live in harmony with all their neighbours and the environment on which all and any hopes for the future of humankind depend.

    An essential preliminary to an application to join the Society is a good grasp of the contents of its two founding books, 'Foundations of the Society of HumanKind' and 'Essays on the Society of HumanKind'. Both are published in full on this website and are available through the links on the Society homepage.

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