Although in the first instance showcasing the work of the artist and philosopher, Alexander Curtis, as the name suggests, the aim of Reloading Humanism is to go beyond the endeavour of a single individual. Reaching out into the web of life, “Fellows” have been found whose work, taken together, can be seen as constituting the beginnings of an answer to the fundamental question of our age: “Is it possible for us to live happy and fulfilled lives without placing an undue burden on our environment, without exploiting other human beings and without jeopardising the quality of life of those who come after us?”
This is not only the question of our age, it is THE QUESTION that since The Enlightenment has been hovering over humanity with the answer deciding whether we as a species have a future or not. Reloading Humanism is conceived in the spirit that we may, if we take heart and pull ourselves together, be able to work towards the beginnings of a positive answer. The task is however immense and calls for changes in attitudes in every aspect of our lives and in all of modes of thinking, being and feeling – and even then the outcome is uncertain. Yet if we address the issue at hand we may find a new found dignity that gives a meaning and purpose to our lives that modernism has consistently failed to deliver.
All the people featured at Reloading Humanism show that there are other ways of doing things and that we are only stuck in a rut, due to our being unwilling and too cowardly to look for alternative ways of living and thinking about things. The message is that we can escape from the destructive corset of consumer culture, we can overthrow our reliance on fossil fuels and we can kick the habit of taking more than we give. This however assumes that we see ourselves in a way that accords us these abilities. We must return to a more Renaissance orientated view of our place in the world and see ourselves as beings that, depending on one’s beliefs, either God or nature has singled out and endowed with unique abilities and along with them, a unique set of responsibilities that it is our task to address.