To have a metamodern view of society is…
To see no fundamental divide between nature and culture.
To see that we live in a new technological era (the information age), and that human societies evolve through different developmental stages for better or worse.
To believe that history has some kind of directionality based on logic, but that this directionality can never be certainly known, only metaphorically and told as a story – playfully and purposefully.
To believe that we can always synthesize the knowledge we have about society to some kind of overarching narrative, a meta-narrative, but that this metanarrative is never taken to be a complete synthesis, but rather always a self-critically held, but necessary protosynthesis.
To have a nomadic view of social life; knowing that our “self” is part of a social flow, a journey – and that we are becoming more tribal and nomadic in the internet age with our virtual identities.
To celebrate participatory culture and co-creation of society through non-linear, interactive processes where the whole is more than the sum of its parts.
To see the importance of collective intelligence (not to be confused, as it unfortunately often is, with collective consciousness, often associated with Carl Jung, etc., which is not part of the metamodern paradigm). Collective intelligence is simply the ability of a group or society to solve problems and respond to collective challenges.
To understand that technology is not neutral, not just “a tool in our hands”, but that it adopts its own agenda and logic, shaping and steering history.
To see sustainability and resilience as fundamental questions to all social life.
To see that sexuality and sexual development are a widely overlooked centerpiece in the mainstream understanding of all human societies. Sexuality has extraordinary explanatory, behavioral and predictive power.
To see “everyday life” as something that humanity can and should transcend in favor of a more actual and authentic form of life and community.
To take the rights and lived experience of all animals very seriously, human and non-human. Human society is just a cognitive category, and this category can just as well include all cultures, all deep-ecological entities (ecosystems, biotopes) and all sentient beings.