Everyone is Religious
The way I would put it is that there are patterns in behaving / believing / belonging that human beings repeatedly and persistently fall into.
One thing about your 3 examples is that they broadly come from “the left”. On the right, there is actual religion but also MAGA and white supremacism.
The two obvious writers to link this to are: John Gray - esp. Black Mass. For Gray, every modern political movement is really Christian millennialism in disguise. For Tom Holland (not that one) he would describe the current political moment in America as a civil war between 2 inheritors of Christianity. Which is a description I like if only because it offends almost everyone.
So many of your podcasts align with the Classical tools of learning. You discuss the tools of integration, definition, comparison, etc in the pursuit of knowledge, understanding and wisdom. But one of the cornerstones (at least of Classical education) is also the pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty. You mention goodness and beauty, in the sense of “better person” and “good energy” but what about truth? I agree that many of the things you listed in the podcast fall into the category of religion... you made good points. But if something is FALSE, good, and beautiful, is it equal to that which is TRUE, good and beautiful? Does TRUTH exist?
Excellent! Accepting of humans being human in their various faiths… love 💕 the self questioning: Is what you believe, and where you place your faith, enabling you to become a better person and allowing you to add positive energy to the world around you?
This Pew Research Study backs you up.
The final paragraphs talking about the need for new definitions and new vocabulary were particularly interesting.
Well written. It’s been an interesting study coming out of the Theistic religious psychology and now reading the lines of code. Another one is Veganism. Also has all those religious aspects mentioned
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