Meliorism - is an ism that I came across recently while reading about the ideas of progressives and Richard Rorty’s ideas on human ontology and progress contingent and unpredictable
“I look forward to an era in which the question “Are there absolutes?” has no resonance. To ask that question betrays an inability to live with one’s own finitude, and I should like to think that someday human beings will no longer try to escape the historicity and contingency of their existence.” Rorty 2007
Wikipedia definition of Meliorism
“Meliorism is an idea in metaphysical thinking holding that progress is a real concept leading to an improvement of the world. It holds that humans can, through their interference with processes that would otherwise be natural, produce an outcome which is an improvement over the aforementioned natural one.“
Which immediately made me think what I’ve written below - So, I’d be pleased to know what would your thoughts be? TiA.
If we are part of the natural world then whatever happens because of us (humans) - even if determined by us - then that is part of nature and natural progress
If we (humans) are separate from nature and what is natural, then how are we?
If we were created separate and differentiated from nature, not part of contingency and chance but part of design and purpose then who or what was the designer with purpose?
We can’t declare both at the same time that we are part of contingency and chance, no more special or with special purpose than a rock or a hydrogen atom but at the same time whatever we do is not natural and we have the power to change what is natural into something of our own design, and by that, the outcome be non natural.
The very idea of meliorism immediately seems to self destruct on the principle of non contradiction as it declares us somehow special, distinct from nature, while arguing at the same time that we are homologous of and homogenous with nature