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On The Guidances

Overview

The Guidances of Contemporary Humanism is one of a set of writings dedicated to explaining the moral ethics, principles, and tenets of contemporary humanism as interpreted by the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku. As evidenced in the writings and elsewhere, such teachings include a focus on notions of autonomy, community, dignity, equality, recognition, reciprocity, respect, the substances of rights attendant to acceptance of human being as sacred as-is and thus the equanimity and humane co-existence that result from their attainment and safeguarding. The Guidances ground the aforementioned in inquiry and study, practice and work, reflection and elucidation, epiphany and revelation — to be had from genuine and dutiful engagement in comparative human disciplines, practices, and studies, in particular, comparative ecumenism, religion, spirituality and theology; the arts; the humanities; the human sciences; and theory and the application of knowledge in civics, culture, law, medicine, politics, and technology.

Creation of The Guidances

The Guidances are a single constituted corpus conceived, drafted, written and published by its sole author, namely, the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku.

Distribution and Publication

— The Founder has agreed to have The Ikoku Philanthropies and The Ikoku Foundations — through their partnership at The Ikoku Center — make accessible and available here below for perusal and study The Guidances of Contemporary Humanism as written, published and periodically revised by the Founder. Distribution of The Guidances shall currently be limited to this dedicated space and site, and any further distribution or reproduction of The Guidances (other than noncommercial citation) is strictly prohibited. Since The Guidances’ copyright and any attendant real and intellectual property rights are owned solely by Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, licenses and other permissions are to be granted solely by this Founder by separate and express written instrument signed and sealed.

Etymologies

— The Guidances are also conceptually developed via the transliteration of an alternate Igbo title for the corpus, Ndu Uzo Mmadu (The Guide of the Way of Humanity). In the Igbo language, the words ndu (guide), uzo (way, path, road, door) and mmadu (humanity, human being, human, person, individual) are able to simultaneously signify the singular, countable plural and uncountable plural meanings and permutations of the nouns. Such economy and resonance is repeatedly employed by The Guidances, in both title and text, and asks of the audience a hermeneutics that is both attentive and supple, adept at discerning and retaining connotations of significant range and scope during a listening, reading, or viewing.

— Etymologies provide one means of elucidating what amounts to the praxes of polyvalence, essential to The Guidances’ conceptionproduction, and interpretation. The above requirements for suppleness of interpretation are made across not only English and Igbo etymologies, but also semantic roots connecting to Arabic, French, German, Greek, Latin Portuguese, Spanish and Yoruba languages. For this reason, further etymological detail and information are provided throughout The Ikoku Center’s display of The Guidances for perusal and study.

Form and Structure

— The framing strucuture of The Guidances is a hybrid of the architectural, musical,  poetic, philosophical and scholarly text, and so aesthetic, epistemological and hermeneutic principles from these four disciplines govern the conception and creation of The Guidances’ text and corpora. For instance, the Igbo attention to duality or twoness dictates The Guidances’ rigorous and germinating self-constraint to use and multiplication of 11s as well as its serial unfolding via diptychs that are multiply connected. Also of importance are elements of meaning, poetics and structure that derive from and refract insights tightly associated with methodoligical praxis honed in the scholarly domains of the humanities, particularly, history, literature, philosophy and theology.

Its Table of Contents

— The Guidances of Contemporary Humanism shall take a particular form and offer to all who would read them 11 sets of propositions, followed by 11 practices and 11 studies, which are as follows:

Preamble of The Guidances
The Preamble of The Guidances of Contemporary Humanism
First Set of Propositions
The First Set of Propositions — Pertaining to Sacred Humanity
Second Set of Propositions
The Second Set of Propositions — Pertaining to the Cognitions
Third Set of Propositions
The Third Set of Propositions — Pertaining to the Integrities
Fourth Set of Propositions
The Fourth Set of Propositions — Pertaining to the Autonomies
Fifth Set of Propositions
The Fifth Set of Propositions — Pertaining to the Dignities
Sixth Set of Propositions
The Sixth Set of Propositions — Pertaining to the Equanimities
Seventh Set of Propositions
The Seventh Set of Propositions — Pertaining to the Inquiries
Eighth Set of Propositions
The Eighth Set of Propositions — Pertaining to the Liberties
Ninth Set of Propositions
The Ninth Set of Propositions — Pertaining to the Communities
Tenth Set of Propositions
The Tenth Set of Propositions — Pertaining to the Polities
Eleventh Set of Propositions
The Eleventh Set of Propositions — Pertaining to the Recognitions
Set of Practices
The Set of Practices — Pertaining to the Sanctities and States
Set of Studies
The Set of Studies — Pertaining to the Disciplines

Fulani Village, Ejiba, Nigeria, December 2016 (Lenny Miles)

Ways of the Text

Overview

Along with the above key principles, the Policy on Independence and Freedoms requires your adherence to correlative freedoms and liberties delineated below.

Prelude

I — Entrance

Entrance, or uzo mbata (containing The Preamble)

Interlude

II — Main Way

Main Way, isi uzo (containing the Core and Central Guidances)

III — Way Inside

Interlude

Interlude

VII — Way of Hearing

IX — Way of Writing

The Way of Writing, uzo ederede, or Way of Text, also to be coupled with uzo edere, Way Written or Way North, and uzo igu and uzo agu, Way to Read or Way of Reading (containing the Orthography, Transcriptions, Translations and Transliterations of the Guidances, by way of engagement in The Disciplines)

X — Way of Mending

The Way of Mending, uzo mezie, or Way of Amending or Mended Way, also to be coupled with uzo mezi, Way Straight and uzo mmezi, Way of Repair or Way of Maintenance (containing the Amending, Care, Maintenance, Repair and Restoration of the Guidances, by way of engagement in The Disciplines)

Interlude

XI — Way Known

Coda

Water From Pond Flows Over My Brother's Hands, Nigeria, October 2020 (Hanniel Yakubu)
Columbus Fountain, Union Station, Washington DC, United States, December 2018 (Matt)
Columbus Fountain, Union Station, Washington DC, United States, December 2018 (Matt)
Tres Reyes Magos, Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, España, April 2019 (Jose Ignacio Pompe)
Tres Reyes Magos, Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, España, April 2019 (Jose Ignacio Pompe)
Minamoto no Yoshitsune Fights Benke, Gojo Ohashi Bridge, Kyoto, Japan, June 2019 (Andres Lyu)
Minamoto no Yoshitsune Fights Benke, Gojo Ohashi Bridge, Kyoto, Japan, June 2019 (Andres Lyu)

Ways of Being

Overview

Along with the above key principles, the Policy on Independence and Freedoms requires your adherence to correlative freedoms and liberties delineated below.

Prelude

I — Allopoesis

Entrance, or uzo mbata (containing The Preamble)

Interlude

II — Cognopoesis

Main Way, isi uzo (containing the Core and Central Guidances)

III — Homeo/HeteroPoesis

Interlude

Interlude

IX — Civi/Co/Polipoesis

The Way of Writing, uzo ederede, or Way of Text, also to be coupled with uzo edere, Way Written or Way North, and uzo igu and uzo agu, Way to Read or Way of Reading (containing the Orthography, Transcriptions, Translations and Transliterations of the Guidances, by way of engagement in The Disciplines)

X — Recognopoesis

The Way of Mending, uzo mezie, or Way of Amending or Mended Way, also to be coupled with uzo mezi, Way Straight and uzo mmezi, Way of Repair or Way of Maintenance (containing the Amending, Care, Maintenance, Repair and Restoration of the Guidances, by way of engagement in The Disciplines)

Interlude

XI — Sanctopoesis

Coda

Lord Shiva Statue, Aazhimala Shiva Temple, Mulloor Po, Adimalathura, Kottukal, Kerala, India, March 2021 (Ankit Dandhare)
Sideview of Bust of Nelson Mandela
Southbank Centre, London, United Kingdom, 2017 (Clem Onojeghuo)
Martin Luther King Memorial, Washington DC, USA, January 2019 (Woubishet Z Taffese)
Martin Luther King Memorial, Washington DC, USA, January 2019 (Woubishet Z Taffese)
Tranøy, Norway, April 2018 (Vidar Nordli Mathisen)
Tranøy, Norway, April 2018 (Vidar Nordli Mathisen)

Ways of Relating

Overview

Along with the above key principles, the Policy on Independence and Freedoms requires your adherence to correlative freedoms and liberties delineated below.

Prelude

I — Apprehension

Entrance, or uzo mbata (containing The Preamble)

Interlude

II — Metapoesis

Main Way, isi uzo (containing the Core and Central Guidances)

III — Physiopoesis

Interlude

Interlude

IX — Volopoesis

The Way of Writing, uzo ederede, or Way of Text, also to be coupled with uzo edere, Way Written or Way North, and uzo igu and uzo agu, Way to Read or Way of Reading (containing the Orthography, Transcriptions, Translations and Transliterations of the Guidances, by way of engagement in The Disciplines)

X — Ethopoesis

The Way of Mending, uzo mezie, or Way of Amending or Mended Way, also to be coupled with uzo mezi, Way Straight and uzo mmezi, Way of Repair or Way of Maintenance (containing the Amending, Care, Maintenance, Repair and Restoration of the Guidances, by way of engagement in The Disciplines)

Interlude

XI — Comprehension

Coda

Ramesses III and Nefertiti, Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt, August 2021 (Jeremy Bezanger)
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat, Oman, May 2020 (Mayur)
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat, Oman, May 2020 (Mayur)
Christ The Redeemer, Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 2019 (Cerqueira)
Christ The Redeemer, Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 2019 (Cerqueira)
Musée des Beaux Arts et d'Archéologie, Besançon, France, August 2020 (Tiphaine Mercier)
Musée des Beaux Arts et d'Archéologie, Besançon, France, August 2020 (Tiphaine Mercier)

Regarding Poesis

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Scenes in Stained Glass, Cherepovets, Russia, April 2018 (Ant Rozetsky)
Qur'an by Window, Tokyo Camii Mosque, Tokyo Camii, Ōyamachō, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japon, April 2020 (Anis Coquelet)
Qur'an by Window, Tokyo Camii Mosque, Tokyo Camii, Ōyamachō, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japon, April 2020 (Anis Coquelet)
Wide Staircase with Statue and Urns on First Landing
The British Museum, London, England, United Kingdom, February 2018 (Monty Lov)
Bible Opened on Reflective Surface, January 2018 (Armando Arauz)
Bible Opened on Reflective Surface, January 2018 (Armando Arauz)

Also at The Center

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Privacy and Confidentiality

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Terms and Conditions

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Acceptable Use Policy

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All Associated Policies

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*Note

*Note: Please see the main Policies page for notice on conditions incompatible with the founding and mission of The Ikoku Philanthropies.

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