Over the millennia, humanity has been deeply concerned about giving explanations to the following fundamental concerns:
What are our origins?
Who or what are we? What makes us uniquely human?
Did we come from the chance fusion of atoms and molecules or are we chimpanzees?
Or, did some extraterrestrial entities or divine beings create us in their image and likeness?
What of our future?
Are we predestined machines that are ‘moved, directed and commanded by exterior influences,’ as Mark Twain expressed in What Is Man or are we free to choose our destiny?
Do we totally disappear from the face of this earth and return to dust?
Is there life after death, in other words?
If we do live after death, what is it in us that continues to live and exist as immortal beings?
Such questions have challenged humanity ever since our appearance in this world. They remain important because how we understand ourselves, both as an individual and as a collective species, influences the way we think, feel, and deal with our surroundings and each other. More importantly, responses to the above long- standing queries will guide us in dealing with our societal problems.
Over the millennia, several models, stories, and theories have sought to explain who or what we are. They still attract followers to this day but their explanations, though appealing, have remained incomplete and ineffective in responding to the problems we face today. A growing majority remain unemployed without regular incomes, a proper education, no health care provider, and no homes of their own. As such, they continue to languish in poverty and hunger with only a few living in comfort and luxury while owning a great portion of the earth’s resources. This disparity explains why there is so much violence, bloodshed, greed, and corruption around us. Our models have become outdated and ineffective in resolving the multiple problems confronting our society, politics and governance, economy, and environment. Worse, these models have instead become the perpetrators of the very problems they are supposed to address. Yet, we stubbornly cling on to them while expecting improvements in the quality of our life.
We need a new and bigger perspective, or if you wish “paradigm,” for viewing our true being and mission in this world. In this study, I offer a new model for understanding humanity and transforming our societies from the cosmic perspective, thus the title “A Cosmic Perspective for Understanding Humanity and Transforming Societies.” It is a study on Cosmology with the view of understanding more about the role, mission, and destiny of humanity (Anthropology). Its ultimate objective is to understand humanity from the perspective of the Cosmos we inhabit, which is perhaps, what Cosmic Anthropology is all about. Our deeper understanding and picture of ourselves hinges on our knowledge of the Cosmos as a totality. Our Cosmos continues to evolve and expand; it continues to churn out new realities and events as well as send us novel and baffling messages every now and then. We need to decode these messages since these can give us new insights and programs which could transform us, our environment, and our society. This transformative aspect of the study is perhaps what makes Cosmic Anthropology an applied science, and a complete emerging discipline known as Applied Cosmic Anthropology.
In searching for answers to our fundamental concerns, we turned to the Cosmos for after all we came out of this place we call our home. But in doing so, we face even more formidable challenges.
What is the nature or essence of the Cosmos?
What is its form and structure?
What is its origin?
How does it function and operate?
What are the laws and principles that govern its behavior?
More importantly, how do the Cosmos influence our dealings with our surroundings and each other?