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In matters of religion I find myself on an evolving path. I still believe the world is soaked in divinity, but I lament that there are too many people who think they can live lives free of religion. Many of these secular souls are vulnerable to adherence to the new religion that has become very prevalent in the West. This religion currently has no name and will no doubt grow in power and influence until, like Rumpelstiltskin, we can properly identify it, and so it break its spell.
Although I cannot name it (“scientism” is the closest I can get), I can describe it (I will be brief so as not to be boring):
- It treats doctors and scientists as if they are priests (aka “experts”).
- It holds that scientific “modelling” can function as prophecy.
- At its core it is deeply antithetical to the natural world, instead revering technology, pharmacology and transhumanism.
Because this unhealthy weltanshauung prevails it has never been more important for people to embrace true religion. True religion keeps us sane and connects us with a spiritual community, thus nourishing our famished spirits. I believe the community aspect is critical and this is partly why I am a committed Buddhist. Another reason is because Buddhism is underpinned by a comprehensive philosophy. Worshipping the Gods of our ancestors is admirable and good, but this alone is unlikely to properly nourish our spirits unless we supplement it with philosophy and being part of a community, and I believe it is very important that this community manifests in the natural world (not merely in the digital world).
Buddhism allows me to venerate the Gods, be part of a IRL spiritual community and embrace a complex set of ideas and concepts that ring true. It also gives me a noble quest, which is to be a Bodhisattva.
As for my blog … I managed to write a few posts in 2022. The first was What Does it Mean to Be Free? It is an attempt to look at the history of lack of freedom in Europe in the hope that understanding varying degrees of bondage in the past may help us to avoid a neo-feudalist future. Another post was on Buddhism (using the interpretatio Romana to identify some of the deities on a sacred mandala) and the last was on The Heimdall Caste System in Germanic Polytheism.