Few people realise how fortunate we are to be living at this precise moment in history. A few decades from now, historians will look back on this era as the ‘Greater Renaissance’. We are participating in the greatest moral, social and cultural progress personkind has ever witnessed; if we do not recognize this, it is purely because our active engagement in advancing the rights of the LGBTQ community on a daily basis means we fail to see the bigger picture.
The first Renaissance spanned the 14th to 17th century and bridged the medieval and modern ages. The Renaissance (origin: subsaharan Africa, meaning ‘rebirth’) was a time of great scientific, artistic, and philosophical advancement in the West. However, this rebirth hardly happened without a catalyst, as so many history books suggest.
At its origin was the exploration of foreign lands by European sailors and the discoveries they made. Following their many voyages, the Europeans appropriated various ideas that had already been made by more advanced civilizations. Algebra, advanced architectural techniques, and incredibly effective medicines: these had all been devised well before the Europeans’ racist ships landed on African, Asian and Middle Eastern beaches. Re-visiting the renaissance today, we now know, for example, that many of the inventions of Leonardo Da Vinci came from the work of Muslim scientists several centuries before, and from the Koran specifically. Leonardo was guilty of cultural appropriation of other countries too. Indeed, the famous Da Vinci drawing above (Vitruvian Man) was clearly inspired by his study of Indian deities as shown below:
All of this is history while, today, we are making history. The advances we are witnessing throughout society are explained by the philosophy of Hegel; specifically, the Hegelian dialectic which posits that the contradiction between a proposition (thesis) and its antithesis is resolved at a higher level of truth. In simple words, personkind is building on existing truths and ideas and re-fashioning them at a ‘higher level’. Some examples of this in action:
- The concept of marriage has now been made far more inclusive. Unlike the people who went before us over thousands of years, this generation is the first to recognise that a homosexual marriage is just as good if not better than a heterosexual union that produces children
- Twerking is an advanced dance technique that previous generations were incapable of contemplating let alone performing
- We have now discovered that there are in excess of 70 genders and not just two – how could previous generations have been blind to this?
- Rap is a subtle blend of street poetry with advanced musical sounds that greatly exceeds in value anything Mozart could produce
- The notion of ‘nation states’ is thankfully becoming something of the past; borders are coming down and we are headed for the utopia of a New World Order
- Modern Art is vastly superior to anything that Rembrandt created
In summary, we are a generation that is truly blessed to have lived in the Greater Renaissance. We have become the ‘Superman’ that Nietzche dreamed of, except that we are a 78-gendered, twerking, rapping ‘Super trans-specied person’.