The advent of a mathematical and perfect Humanity

Fernando Pessoa (1888 - 1935)

Fernando Pessoa (1888 – 1935)

… I declare the necessity of the advent of the Humanity of Mechanics!

And I would say something even more: I absolutely guarantee the advent of the Humanity of Mechanics!

I declare, for the immediate future, the scientific creation of Superhumans!

I declare the advent of a mathematical and perfect Humanity!

I declare by shouting aloud its Advent!

I declare by shouting aloud its deed!

I declare it, without anything else, by shouting aloud!

And I still declare: First:

The Superhuman will Be, Not the Most Powerful,

but the Most Complete!

And I still declare: Second:

The Superhuman will Be, Not the Toughest,

but the Most Complex!

And I still declare: Third:

The Superhuman will Be, Not the Most Free,

but the Most Harmonious!

I declare all these aloud and on the apogee, on the banks of Tagus, with my back turned to Europe and my arms raised, my eyes staring the Atlantic, waving towards Infinity.

From “Ultimatum”, a text by Álvaro de Campos, heteronym of Fernando Pessoa, published in the first and only issue of “Portugal Futurista” (November 1917).

The futurist ideas of Álvaro de Campos, Pessoa’s “psychological seismograph”, are “shouted aloud” in the closing of Pessoa’s text, in the form of a manifesto, presenting his concept of the scientifically created Übermensch and the advent of a perfect, ideal and, inevitably, mathematical humanity.



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