Journal of Futures Studies

Humanicide:From Myth to Risk

by Chris C. Stewart

ABSTRACT

The Fisher King myth provides an explanatory logic for reviewing globalisation: its past, present and potential. The conclusion is twofold. The real predicament of globalisation is simple survival. Then, the quality of that survival. Humanity is, for the first time in history, poised on multiple fronts to wilfully or negligently commit humanicide: the annihilation of our species to all but a stranded handful. Both survival and its quality involve the whole of humanity. They speak to the consequences that are integral to any choices we make, as individuals, communities, nations, and, as a species. This Fisher King mythic interpretation of Western globalisation identifies the outlines of the risk profile for humanity in the 21st Century, and, speaks to a global agenda for action.

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ISSN 1027-6084