The Society is open to all humanity as a matter of individual
choice. It will apply no penalty or other adverse consequence to a failure to
accept its founding beliefs, or to join its ranks. Membership is not a
condition for inclusion in the promise of salvation and eternal life offered to
every member of the human species by the Society.
Essay on Evangelism
in the second founding book sets out in full the proper
path to membership of the Society. The first step is a private and individual
decision to accept the
as a preliminary to an application for acceptance as a Candidate to the
A period of reflection on the validity of the contents of the
founding books and authorised texts of the Society must follow.
consequent application for membership of the Society of HumanKind must be
accompanied by a second, and now more public, decision to affirm the
Aim, Duty and Responsibility of the Society
. The Society will not consider an
application for full and active membership from any person under the age of 18
years, or before all those steps are complete. Present arrangements for
dealing with applications for membership are set out under the heading
The principles of the Society strictly limit its freedom to recruit new
members. Its Axiomatic uncertainty means that it cannot proselytise, nor seek
to persuade others to abandon their present beliefs or faith. Only actions
designed to ensure that non-members are aware of the existence of the Society
and its programme are permitted. However, where non-members approach the
Society of their own volition it is then able to provide relevant information
and answers to any questions they may have. It will be apparent that this
Introduction, and the two Founding books that it describes, conform to that
The Society will not compete with, nor oppose or seek to replace, existing
social institutions. Nor will it, or its adherents, be permitted to attempt
to convert others to its beliefs or policies, or to persuade them to abandon
any of their existing opinions or allegiances. The principal task of the
Society is to awaken the whole human species to its existence and concerns.
For that purpose it may initiate and support actions and decisions judged to
help preserve the human species into an infinite future, and to add to its
stock of abilites, knowledge and skills. It will also vigorously oppose any
the survival of the human species, or to the realisation of its full potential
both collective and individual.
The structure of the Society of HumanKind is a devolved hierarchy of local,
provincial and national branches and groups, culminating at world level. A
democratic, but divided, franchise of all members is used to elect an
Executive Committee and a Council of Elders at each level. The distinction
between the membership of Committees and Councils is one of age alone.
Councils are composed solely of Elders, i.e. those members who have passed
their 60th birthday, although that restriction may be varied where necessary
Committees have sole responsibility for decisions and
action, while Councils have only a power of veto. The same division of
authority regulates the relationship between the various levels of the Society,
up to and including the World Committee and Council. The Founder of the
Society and author of the
founding books will act as trustee and custodian of the unique responsibilities
of the World Council pending its first establishment.
Formation of a new branch or group requires prior authority from the Society.
Any new branch will conform with all local laws and customs, unless to do so
conflicts with continued membership of the Society. The Society will give
advice on any serious difficulties in that respect.
Applications for membership of the Society should be addressed to any local or
convenient Council of Elders. Initial enquires may be made through the 'Email
to the Society' link provided under the 'About the Society' section on the
of the Society, or by any of the means described in the
section of this Introduction.
Where local Councils are not widely or readily available, the Founder of the
Society and author of the founding books will, perforce, perform the function
of acceptance of applications for candidature and membership. That procedure
is described in 'Next Steps'.
Any new member will expect to respond to the exhortation in the penultimate
paragraph of the
to the first founding book, 'Foundations'. That
tells them to ' found or join a local branch of, or group within, the Society
', and set about the formidable task of achieving its Aim.
With tolerance and good fortune local branches and groups will come together at
Provincial levels, Provincial organisations will generate National bodies,
and so on, in a process of organic growth to which all members will
contribute. When the World Council and Committee finally emerge, the future
of humankind will pass into proper hands; those of the whole living human