The kingdoms of the Earth and the position of contemporary man
The world has a tiered structure. Every tier contains the qualities of the whole and, at the same time, its own specific properties and laws of internal order. For convenience, let us name these tiers as kingdoms. The possibility appears to discern four tiers-kingdoms: the kingdom of minerals, of plants, of animals and the kingdom of man.
Nevertheless, even today, we cannot argue that the kingdom of man presents a completed structure. This is due to the tiered organisation of the world that demands from man to be as different from animals, as animals are from plants and plants are from minerals. However, contemporary man holds many qualities of animals: he himself is being born, procreates and dies. Many animal species live and act together, they bring up their offspring, they build houses etc, in order to satisfy their need for food and safe lodging. If we appoint the consciousness of Homo Sapiens- the Wise Man- to the general term “human”, it becomes obvious that, in his daily life, contemporary man applies ideas that originate from the other kingdoms, which contain wisdom in their own particular way. For example, the idea of economic development stems from the plant kingdom: the meaning of the existence of a plant is development. Or the idea of automation and computerisation stems from the immutability and strict order of the structure of the mineral kingdom.
All the kingdoms are interdependent and indissolubly positioned one inside the other- the mineral kingdom constitutes the basis for the plant kingdom, the plant one for the animal kingdom and the animal one for the human kingdom. Plants alter the qualities of the mineral kingdom and animals influence the organisation of the plant kingdom. Although he is obliged to maintain relationships with the rest of the kingdoms- to take care of and organise them-, man himself has purely human tasks and specific mission in the world.
The humanitarian organisation of the kingdoms of the Earth in the 21st century
Man possesses a unique characteristic that renders him completely discernible from the representatives of the other kingdoms, and that is speech and writting. Apart from everyday use, this characteristic has an autotelic meaning that confers a new content to the property of communication. The idea of the appearance of a new man- a man in essence, is based on this new content of the property of communication as the only means to worldly cognition, activity and change.
With the advent of the new man, the relationships between the different kingdoms acquire, for the first time, the characteristic of mutual communication which changes the internal laws of each kingdom. As a result, the world is being humanised.
Why the new man in Crete?
During the last twenty centuries, Europe suffered many internal military conflicts. Crete and Hellas constituted a unified state for more than one times, so that they are able to withstand external threats. In the 21st century, when the application of the idea of the “United Europe” is more concrete than ever before, the need for military and political coalitions inside the union does not exist. Now, the safety of the union is a common/mutual European matter. As such, the problems between countries, e.g. the relations between Hellas and Turkey can be resolved fro the viewpoint of the integrated Europe.
In this field, the possibility appears that the relations between Crete and Hellas can be formulated on a new basis, giving priority to humanitarian values over political or economic ones.
Crete, as a self-sufficient political entity, existed much earlier than the historical idea of Hellas as a nation. The Minoan Civilisation predates the Hellenic one and the latter spread all over Europe. Until today, in Crete survive the ancient tradition of hospitality and independence of spirit.
The idea of an independent Crete is based on a way of life that has remained unaltered in its essence during thousands of years. The prolific nature,combined with the advanced farming, support the financial self-reliance of Crete, so that Cretans are able to provide their guests with hospitality and comfortable stay. The beauty of the Cretan land and the high level of communication and hospitality of the Cretans can form the basis for the philosophical understanding and reconstruction of the world.