Consisting of both letters and hieroglyphs, in Humanese, the sign:
is the letter „umeter“ which is associated with life and the life principle that infuses all living things. Humanese features 23 letters and an accent or aspiration, that as in Ancient Greek, imparts an „h“ sound to any vowel that it is combined with. This is the sign:
which combined with „umeter“:
reads as „hu“ and stands for the breath, not of life but of conscious apprehension and intelligence. Though the possession of hu is not an attribute that is exclusive to human beings, no other creature has as much hu as a human being does. With hu there is the capacity for humour and in animals, evidence of humour has been detected in elephants and dolphins. Along with honesty and humility, we must re-learn that humour is a much-needed counter against the temptations of vanity to which we so readily succumb as well as the dogma and narrow-mindedness that characterise intolerance.
Deriving from umeter is „manna“:
This conveys the sound „m“ and in its uppercase form is also a hieroglyph for „manna“, the food that in the Bible, fell from the sky and sustained the people of Israel during their forty years of wandering in the desert. Thus in its uppercase form it resembling two loaves of bread whilst in in its lowercase form it recalls a bird in flight. The hieroglyph hints at the lofty heights that, through perseverance, things endowed with life and fed with manna, may attain. The hieroglyph:
denotes „ayen“, this being the third person plural of a semi-verb that imparts the concept of „would“ to an infinitive, noun or phrase, as in „they would do such and such“. This can either be a condition of being, a general disposition or, or can refer to a group of people’s doing such and such if they had the means and where withal. Combined with „manna“, on a literal level „ayen“ denotes „they who would (have) manna“:
Yet as seen „manna“ also hints at a yearning for greater things and the hieroglyph and so represents humanity and the disposition of our species to achieve great things and attain great heights if we but have the manna and where withal at our disposal.
Resembling a figure with open arms, the hieroglyph „osmache“:
represents the concept of welcoming. Meanwhile the sign:
is the letter „ana“ which standing alone is a preposition that corresponds to „to“, „towards“ and „in the direction of“. The hieroglyph:
is the verb reinkarne which means to revive, reanimate, recharge or reload something. Thus the message:
reads as: osmache ana reninkarne humanna ayen and translates as „welcome to they who would reload humanism“.
From a biological point of view, the phenomenon of life is a result of the fact that the nuculoid acids are capable of doubling-up and of performing not one function but two. This enables them to carry out specific tasks such as manufacturing a protein or checking whether a protein has been properly manufactured and in addition, to replicate themselves. In this way they can execute specific functions and grow. Without this ability, life as we know it would never have come to be. In Humanese, hieroglyphs can likewise be made to double-up and from the signs, two-dimensional shapes may be formed, which folded around onto themselves in three dimensions, result in spatially defined forms. Some of these, such as the hieroglyph „akinemene“:
which stands for “beginning, end, definition and enclosure”, are self contained as from the cross shape, a cube made be readily formed:
Taking the phrase, „an’akine akenemenos pleis“:
and from „ana“ making a sphere, from the two swords or cross shapes of „akine akinemenos“, making two cubes and from „pleis“, making a pyramid, results in a tower with a sphere rolling towards it.
Others however are incomplete and need to be added to another in order for a three-dimensional object with a closed surface to be brought into being. In Humanese, the meanings of signs are supported and underlined by the forms of the three-dimensional objects that can be made from them. In the case of:
if from the letters and hieroglyphs, shapes are formed:
and these are then folded around onto themselves to result in four three-dimensional forms and these in turn are combined to make a whole, a form is brought into being that underlies the ethos inherent in the signs. Humanese is thus a cabbala of shapes and forms and in this way one arrives at an image that looks both back towards our past and forward into a future for which we must selflessly and unrelentingly fight if it is to be secured. In the figure, the hieroglyph for hu forms the head whilst the hieroglyph for “manna” forms the lower part of the body and legs. Meanwhile the hieroglyphs that denote welcoming and regeneration form the middle part of the figure – where anatomically the heart is. The message is that it is up to us, with our hearts, to underwrite and give meaning to, not only the signs of Humanese but to all things in the world around us. For without people who care about things there can be no welcome, no regeneration and no future.
Towards the end of the age of migration, people began to live in settlements in which defensive structures were built as places of refuge in times of attack. In addition, towers were built so that potential attackers could be identified from far away. If an unknown band of people were seen, the lookout manning the tower would sound the alarm by blowing a horn. Taking a cue from the exhortation „an’akine akinemenos pleis“ it is time to accept our role as watchmen for the health of our planet and blow the horn or „orsana“ that sounds the alarm.
While this is not Punk Rock, it rocks the boat by going beyond anger. Supported by philosophy, mathematics and biology (see the One World Pragmatism essay on the Mission Page), it gives a complete and holistic vision of something that if we are to have a future, quite simply must be. Nothing more, nothing less. Welcome to all those who would reload humanism.