Let's assume this forum1 is ideologically-neutral - we've allowed others to freely piggyback pro-Christian or militant-Christian recruiting campaigns onto tech evangelism (#team-block-chain we know you!). So, since that's been allowed, I presume it's only right and fair to let other flowers bloom too.
Here's my problems with Christianity - it's a possibly useful myth that refuses to admit it is such - a myth. And then, it might seem like championing a specific, politically-dominant archaic system of ethos and myths [*1] would help solve our greater problems as a nation, continent or as a people, but actually, the moment we dismiss mere fantasy, and require every capable individual of society to be productive and beneficial in our corporeal world - to the collective, as to the self, then we would essentially be saying - "to hell with the gospel; let every individual make up their relevant myth, and use that to actually be of use!"[*2]. Let me explain.
It's more likely to be a Christian puritan, and be utterly useless to society - merely hailing to appease a mythical savior or master, noise-polluting the streets or supplicating for the solution without any incentive to actually do work! [*3]
If I were given a chance to DISRUPT the "religious function" right now - not for the sake of philosophizing or attaining some perfect theology as scholars would aspire to, but for the sake of developing something that really matters [*4] and has plausibly optimal value [*5], then Christianity as it is currently being evangelized, or practiced, wouldn't be it! Neither would any monotheistic paradigm I know of for that matter. Instead, like the rebel cyber-age shamans of our own times, I would go shopping for whatever ideas or tools any religion or philosophy I can gain access to has[*6], and then deliberately, carefully extract, mix and experiment with what I find useful, essentially evolving my own personally-relevant syncretic system of faith or religion. But that's too much work for the majority of believers. [*7]
If society, including ours, were to allow for these ideas to propagate and blossom, then I argue that we'd see more of:
- a multiplication of ideas and creative solutions to many of our GREAT societal and personal problems
- the emergence of a more meritocratic, role-based and sustainable society - the utopia of both the geek and the philosopher king?
- the steady, non-violent rise-and-fall of ideas - especially in the social realms of religion, politics, and economics [*8] [*9]
- the demystification of religion, spirituality and other "inner" domains of human endeavor - read, less superstition then, and the rise of a sort of scientific spirituality?[*10]
All this would be possible, because we'd then allow for more thinkers to become fear-immune free-thinkers - especially if the authority of the inquisition or draconian censors were either eliminated or actively suppressed.
I would be lying if I did declare that I've not already personally attempted to to put this philosophy to practical use! Of course I have. And am writing about most of mine and other people's research and results in this domain. I've used it to inform my thinking, my craftsmanship, and most of all, my approach to dealing with the actions and beliefs of others. It's both exhilarating and dangerous! Without being a direct champion of any particular school of thought or system of belief, I would still conclude that the most important examples of such liberating and potent belief systems are any that include a requirement that their members develop or adapt beliefs to suit their prevailing situation - especially by designing and then executing applications of faith[*11] [*12].
Again, sorry if I went severely off-topic, but I thought it would be fair to likewise share my perspective on the matters others have compelled us to ponder here.
Cheers to everyone thinking and discoursing.
[*1] Archaic in the sense that though they might have seemed uber-relevant to the Semitic and Indo-European plebeians and their kings - to the one, as a tolerable excuse for buying into mental-slavery and ignorance, and for the other, an efficient and effective tool of social control and tyranny, the utility of those mythos are now severely challenged, and for the right reasons. Maybe I lack the proper metaphor, but I trust you get the point; Christianity is dead - not just a judgement, but an observation as well - be my witness!
[*2] Which is what the urban, cyber-age shamanic mindset is - heretical where necessary, but likewise progressive and for most purposes liberal. This kind of thinking helps get things done - much is bound to get broken, but what's more typical of our age than the desire to move fast, grow fast, break things, and synthesize as much as possible? It's "our" current human nature - bayesian man meets, Homo erectus, meets the T. rex - why fight it?
[*3] By "work", meaning going beyond mere dreaming, into actually planning and then executing one's plans in the real world - sometimes, without even any significant external input or aid.
[*4] It's common knowledge in psychoanalysis for example, that the human brain is hardwired to hold and draw utility from the entertaining of religious fantasy - some, even so, from seemingly ridiculous or heretical variants (ask any credible psychologist for the proper jargon or theory).
[*5] In this case, for purposes of accommodating *this* audience, limiting "relevant" to what's quantifiable and observable.
[*6] And we are lucky to be living in an age when nearly every single ancient and modern publication worth its salt - including the kind that would traditionally be considered "occult" - is readily available for anyone but the vegetable on Facebook or TV.
[*7] Some have it that "Working Faith" doesn't explicitly imply pragmatism, experimentation or some sort of system, but actually, for it to be relevant and not a mere waste of brain processing power, the use of faith requires the active - note "active" - application of belief to something practical - even if that merely means sitting still and day-dreaming for solutions to a cryptic problem. The point here is "practice" or "practical exercise" and not merely reading about, or speculating on what it is. To properly use faith is an art - for some, as with any artistic talent, it might come naturally/automatically, but for most, it is something that needs some learning and guidance - and that's where study and systematic practice - the sort occultists do, comes in handy. Unlike religion though, practical faith as explored by occultists doesn't approve of dogma and the pursuit of generality or absolutes - it's all about you - getting faith, personal faith, to work and produce results for you! Much of this approach to the use of faith, is what's being called "Scientific Illuminism" - possibly, not fit for everyone but the illuminati!
[*8] Because, just as the ethos and principles of free and liberal software have helped greatly catalyze and advance technological innovation, so would the aggressive propagation of free and liberal thought, and in such a society, there's definitely little room for stagnating, age-old ideas, dogma and overall ideological stasis.
[*9] Definitely, where we expect or champion the promulgation of competing ideas, the only logical way to progress is to let the best (meaning more useful) ideas surviving, and the useless kind being relegated to the annals of history - only relevant for those seeking to remix and revive archaic experiments as a means to solving new problems.
[*10] Don't confuse this with the predominantly western idea of replacing religion with science, or "worshiping" numbers, no! Am talking of the deliberate application of the scientific method to say spiritual or religious phenomena.
[*11] A practice typically called "Magick".
[*12] Especially in a relatively new school called "Chaos Magick", faith is but a mere tool.
Disclaimer: I posted this from a purely personal perspective. No association with any entity other than myself is to be considered legitimate.
1 This note was written as a response to a longer thread suggesting Militant, Nationalist Christian Fundamentalism as a possible solution to our societal problems, especially governance and the principles of our nation states. This note mostly reacts to the ideas championed by Revence Kalibwani, of 1st.ug, on I-Network, a popular local (Ugandan) ICT forum.