The current ideology of dead matter, mechanical causality, and the exclusion of experience from descriptions of reality in ecology and economy are responsible for our failure to protect aliveness in our world.
The challenge of the “Anthropocene” and the end of dualistic enlighten- ment-style thinking is to install a new “bios” into our concept of reality, putting aliveness, the world as a living process of mutual transforming relationships, subjectivity, and expression, at its center: an “Enlivenment” view.
The scope of the “Enlivenment” perspective equals the shift in modern physics realizing that any observer is entangled with the system being observed. Biological entanglement happens emotionally and experientially through sharing aliveness with and relating existentially to other living subjects.
Findings in the life sciences, par- ticularly in biosemiotics, cognition research, and developmental biology, show that it is necessary to view organisms as goal-directed agents, who bring meaning and experience into the world as physically relevant powers.
We need a “policy of life” as a new political–philosophical attitude to make “deep sustainability” possible. It will supplant the idea of reality as iteration of “empirical facts” by an “empirical subjectivity” of shared aliveness and a “poetic objectivity” of describing and practicing related- ness and mutual transformation.
Updated english language version of the original manifesto by Andreas Weber and Hildegard Kurt, Lebendigkeit sei! Für eine Politik des Lebens. Ein Manifest für das Anthropozän, presented with a public reading of the manifesto on 19 May 2015 at the Prinzessinnengärten urban gardens, Berlin.
The manifesto acts as a prelude to our "explorations into cultures of enlivenment". A series of enlivenment workshops will soon follow, to which you are warmly invited!