don't be afraid to step into the unknown

-2019-

Cosmism was developed by Russian Orthodox Christian philosopher N.Fedorov in the late nineteenth century with the aim to create not only a new philosophical movement but a new world. Cosmism included a variety of concepts focused on humankind’s conquest of the entire universe both literally—in the sense of spreading human life throughout the universe—and figuratively—in the sense of overcoming cosmic illiteracy, developing our understanding of how outer space is organised and employing this understanding for the benefit of human civilisation. Cosmist concepts contained three components: the first component was immortalism, from rejuvenation by means of blood transfusions, to the resurrection of the dead; the second component was so-called active evolution - the overcoming of the limitations laid down by consciousness, nature, space and time; the third component was a moral and ethical system that combined elements of Christianity, occult doctrines, asceticism, and Marxism. It was a special type of social responsibility that emerged only when individuals became aware of their close and continuous link with civilization, with the humankind of past, present, and future.Cosmism's orientation to technological accomplish­ment has to be seen as determinate by recourse to experience, rather than by analysis, and its program perpetu­ates rather than completes. The designed systems that would allow one to prevail over gravity, and eradicate or even reverse death, are springboards for other, more dimly specified objectives to emerge during the outward expansion of the human species into the rest of the universe. Cosmist approach has to be seen as tool to solve the crisis of the utopian imagination, and one of the few available therapeutic remedies entailing working with the future inherited from the past. It also carries the mandatory urge to make sure the change ahead will not be a privilege for the elites but necessarily accessible for the many.