Metamodernism is the search for roots in times of uprootedness. It is the being’s longing for innocence, beauty, and simplicity in times of sophistication, shifting aesthetic standards, and complexity. It is the search for that vantage point from which both complexity and simplicity can make sense, coexist, and complement one another.
From the perspective of metamodernism, the respective values of cultures, paradigms, theories, and strategies, as well as their interconnectedness, may be assessed.
Metamodernism synthesises the best from modernism and postmodernism: the modernist interrogations of the roots and validity of traditions, challenging rationalism and useless rules or systems, the insistence on imagination and inspiration – coexist side by side with the postmodern openness to dialogue, its multiculturalism and inclusiveness of the other (women, minority groups, indigenous people), challenging hierarchies and metanarratives, merging of art forms, interest in Everyone’s life and the context of his/her existence
Metamodernism is a return to fundamental questions that define our being in the world. It is the integration of experience with innocence and wisdom, of reason with sensibility, of past with present. It is a search for the meaning and beauty of the present.
Metamodernism integrates the lessons of the past to enrich the present. It transcends national boundaries and ethnic divisions to identify the determinants of the subject in the twenty-first century. It is a poetics of tolerance, appreciation, and acceptance of the other, with openness and kindness.
Metamodernism is the search for the truths that live, and have always lived, within the hearts of everyone. It acknowledges the value, playfulness, and necessity of mask-wearing, in harmony with the importance of self-knowledge in the Socratic sense.
Metamodernism is a bold assertion of the human being as a spiritual entity, rather than a forlorn person inhabiting his or her detached island of individualism. Each person is recognised as part and parcel of the whole of human society and history, an essential part of a system of networks of continuous dynamism in the animate and inanimate world.
Metamodernism is a self-perception of humans in their complexity, in their infinite combinations and permutations of emotions, reason, conditionings, and ego – yet metamodernism seeks the common denominator that makes communication possible within our humanity: respect for nature, for the self and for the other.
Metamodernism is the expression of the self’s search for home, the recognition that the mythical heroic quests of yore nowadays belong to everyone. It is the search for genuine self-fulfillment – physical, emotional, spiritual – achieved by overcoming the obstacles to growth and self-realisation that come in every life, looking for the right path home.
Metamodernism eschews fanaticism and opens to communication; it is the acknowledgment of the self’s continuous evolution and growth, and of the strategies that support the self in its journey.