Humanity’s original blueprint looks like fully alive beings naturally displaying the image and likeness of our creator. Humanity’s original life intentionality’s purpose and focus, laid on the pursuit of utilizing earth’s resources (been made at our disposal) for our total life enjoyment while promoting such joy and resources as common goods for a community-based society. Humanity’s earliest commission was to live to the fullest while maintaining and replenishing earth’s resources as we grew in number. It was about enjoying life as we inherited it and preserving its wholeness for others to enjoy.
Consequently, I believe that restoration, redemption and reconciliation of humanity to that original standard of healthy living should be our goal. Returning to our original conception as divine image bearers of our creator and the original standard of life and purpose that we lost sight of. If we could ever accomplish that, I believe this is the time and the season.
I’ve been thinking of two models that somehow clash against each other in our pursuit of such goal accomplishment: theistic and non-theistic worldview models. One has increasingly yielded a healthier quality of living and continues to grow to encompass all humanity, while the other stands in opposition of humanity’s self-realization and an increased quality of life for all human beings.
Non-theistic models of living appear to have in common the notion of self-development. That is, the restoration and building of the human self to its maximum potential. In theory, this includes the perception that humanity has been naturally endowed with all the necessary resources to be whole, happy and a productive member within society.
As such, great deal of non-theistic (realized) individuals, have become philanthropists or having deep interest in the health and welfare of others. These can be seen through an increase interest in medical, industrial and social technologies, as well as many philosophical venues of educational development, critical thinking promotion and overall human developments. Although many may follow financial systems that pursuit profits as their co-motivators, there is undeniable empirical evidence that these technologies have increased humanity’s quality of life and health. Among these, there’s also many individuals and institutions having a natural drive to help others achieve their own self-actualization. They believe in humanity’s capacity of self-sustainability and preservation beyond what traditional institutions have offered as hope in the afterlife.
Theistic models of living, on the other hand, appear to have their focus on the afterlife. Their lives focus on group gathering for praising and worshipping of a deity whom they believe has promised this aforementioned restoration, redemption and reconciliation, only upon death or departure (rapture) from earth. They don’t seem to believe in the restoration and redemption of total humanity to their original blueprint while on earth and they seem very little concerned about the quality of life of those outside their circles, i.e., those who have rejected their definitions of redemption and reconciliation.
On the contrary, they believe in separation, classification, stratification and ultimate destruction of the social strata that stands in contrast to their faith’s standard and views of deity. Their focus lays in their achievement of the afterlife, while adopting their deity’s interpretation that earth and humanity are doomed and beyond repair.
Of course, I would be unfair if I didn’t mention the exceptions I’ve seen on both sides. I have seen the non-theists obsession of possession. I have seen their drive for amassing wealth at the expense of the working class. I am also aware of the selfish mogul whose ambition to gather wealth has left the working class scraping for leftovers, thus furthering poverty.
In contrast, I’ve also seen the well-meaning theists dedicating their lives to mediating for the unsaved. I’ve seen their crusaders in quest to save people from “hell.” They seem genuine. Their zeal for their god drives them to seek for what they believe is their fellow human’s wellbeing, which drives them beyond the common theist who week after week seem pleased to merely warm their pews.
In essence, I was thinking in these two rough models as they present a picture of their deity. I know! By definition non-theists don’t have one. But if we assume that what drives us becomes our god, then, how does non-theists life’s focus compares to the theist’s?
How Do We Personify Our Deities?
At first sight, these heretical thoughts would be totally rejected by a theistic worldview. My take is that the theist worldview sees their deities as puppet-masters whose interest is humanity’s submission to their whims. As portrayed by most religious institutions, their supreme beings demand loyalty and obedience to their commands as they have a higher agenda us pawns can’t fathom to device. Theists rather see human suffering as a necessary evil to weed out the undeserving and show forth the elect.
The non-theistic view of humanity, in my opinion seems to validate more closely the original blueprint. If humankind was and is the crown of creation; if humanity’s enjoyment of earth’s living was and is the main intention of the creator, then the re-building or restoration of that personhood to the centrality of its purpose more closely resembles a purpose worth living for.
To Be or Not To Be?
Am I against religion? Isn’t it obvious? Am I against the religious? Absolutely not! I AM for righteousness and justice. I believe religion fills a void for some people whose intellectual critical reasoning faculties are not been fostered. I think most religious people have been born in their systems of faith and have been indoctrinated to believe their beliefs as of their own choosing and the only valid explanation for life.
Religion, unfortunately, won’t allow freedom of choice and hinders the development of critical reasoning faculties that lead to our inalienable rights of liberty. Their institutions are mainly driven towards giving people predigested knowledge, which they expect us to swallow it hook, line and sinker.
Our religious and democratic educational systems go hand in hand, unfortunately. They stuff our children and parishioners with data, and cringe when people start questioning their “common sense” deductions. When questioning does happen it’s often punished with excommunication or shunning.
Humanity’s ignorance vacuum is slowly been filled. Our society is no longer happy with the status quo. We are increasingly craving for a more organic form of living, a more sustainable life that closely resembles our original blueprint. We crave a new way of living that is neither poisoned by the traditional worldviews of capitalist sustained ignorance nor religious bigotry and dogmatisms that demand their way or the highway.
Unfortunately, by all the looks, it appears that both capitalist and extremist religious institutions are becoming more fundamentalist in their approaches. They are becoming more demanding, intolerant and threatening to the free organic living we are entitled to by birth and backed by our constitutions. These organizations fear that the common folk either can’t manage their rights or are incapable of reasonably exercising their own freedom. They call it anarchy.
Heart Motioned Anarchy
Anarchy, they defend, is chaos. But anarchy, self-sustained heart motioned anarchy, having the freedom of choice and liberty to exercise the functionality of our own humanity, I propose, is the only way to dethroning the Matrix’s false human existence that’s been pulled before our eyes. Such existence is a managed and controlled form of “zombie-ness” life crafted by the capitalist and religious institutions.
The only solution is heart motioned anarchy: to awaken to our heartfelt inner feelings of our own hearts. Feelings that date to the human era when we were free to think, live and express ourselves without a threat or fear that our liberty was a menace for other human beings. We must awaken to the reality that we are, just as in the beginning, divine human beings, and bearers of the likeness and resemblance of our creator. As such, we are capable of living organic healthy lives, while fostering the self-realization of our fellow humans, without the threat of losing our own. It is the time and the age to awaken to our divinity; our true identities; the place in the depths of our hearts where all the resources for life and godliness have been richly and abundantly supplied.
Freedom is my religion!