We are part of an ongoing human evolution. The Golden Age is behind us and has become our heritage. Erasmus’ humanism too has been transformed to form part of our heritage. Time never reverts but we build ever on that which has gone before.
It is self-evident that from time to time situations present themselves in which these ideals come to be under pressure. At the beginning of the twenty-first century we find ourselves in such a situation of crisis. We can in this never fall back on the past but, having a clear-set ideal, will have to find such a way of adjusting our course that the humanistic heritage of tolerance and freedom may be preserved.
The purpose of the Phronimos Foundation is to maintain these humanistic ideals of tolerance and freedom and in this it aims at finding forms that correspond with the possibilities which are offered to us by the present time. Central to this is the work of Drs Frédéric Antonious, writer and mystic, who, with astounding clarity, shows us in his work ways to uphold the humanistic ideals and activate them for personal and social Well-Being.
Man is a creature of dreams. Thought shapes the world. Through the mutual connection of All that is, all our actions, all of our thinking, our feeling, our wishes and ideals have a resonance relating to the whole. This way we create the world as it appears to us. This happens alike in the microcosm, in the macrocosm and in the every-day world.
It is this resonance which shows us the ways of ethics. For the resonance comes back to us in the same way as it gives meaning to the world we perceive. Modern man is able to think virtually. More than before he is able to discern how his resonance takes shape within a whole that in itself is incomprehsible to normal rational sense.
The resonance shows us the importance of an ethics in the same way as harmonious sounds make plants grow while harsh and shrill sounds deform plants. Acting, thinking, feeling and willing bring forth resonances which affect all of our experiencing.
Frédéric Antonious calls this attitude to life Transcendental Humanism. Central to this is the transcendental nature of all perception. Since we are human beings and not animals, perception is always determined by our human being, yet this does not make this way of perception more important than other ways of perception.
The humanistic orientation gives us the necessary humility to find our human way in full appreciation of the world and with the fullest respect for other forms of life.
The Phronimos Foundation supports initiatives which give these principles a practical form.