Although the use and application of a prepackaged religion seems to be of a lesser necessity these days, the strict adherence to fundamental religious
and dogmatic views, practices and actions seems to have risen. Pick any view and there are those who preach it. Pick any underlying metaphysics behind
any theory and witness imaginary invocations and assumptions—I would even call these “gods”. This is, of course, the nature of human
understanding and language—we are a species with over 7billion different perspectives and interpretations—but once these perspectives band
together, form a set of fundamental principles and express these views as absolute truth above all others, we watch the birth of religious man in all
There is a religious revival occurring—not insofar as people are heading back to the typical religions, but that they are acting and behaving more
religious than ever. The idolatry of success, the bowing and subservience to “higher-powers” such as corporations, countries and brands, the cult
of celebrity and wealth, the deification of authority, people praying to their televisions, their video games, their simulations and simulated selves
on the internet—all these false and imaginary worlds conjured into existence by those who play in them. Like all religions, egotism to the highest
degree—“Let’s label ourselves so that we may become that label”.
There is no such thing as an “economy”, and anyone who says “the economy will work itself out” is invoking some mythical being that would fear
us into submission. There is no “market”; there is only humans trading things for pieces of paper. There is no “state”, there is only humans
drawing lines in the sand. There is no “democracy”, no “nation”, no “party”, no ideal political structure worth killing and dying for; it
is people labelling themselves a certain way and acting in accordance with these labels, even to the point of forgetting exactly who they are. This
seems mild-mannered superstition. Such it is with every abstraction.
Because of such loose use of abstract reasoning, we often see “math and science” used in this nefarious way, especially when it is applied to
abstract versions and models of concrete phenomena. Out of these numerological abstractions, out of combinations of numbers, arise a multitude of
theories of everything (and there are many of them), which amounts to the same desire posited by the age old religions—a description of the
universe, a metaphysics, a prevailing “world-view”, a “purpose”, a look behind what we can see, a theory written in a certain language of our
choosing, and an explanation to a first cause—which, like any cause, is over the very moment it begins.
Quantum theory has followed suit, patching up the mathematics where classical physics has faltered. People looking at numbers, playing language games,
developing complex theories regarding complex explanations of the smallest phenomena—phenomena they have never laid their eyes upon—are to tell us
of the universe. But what was once human ingenuity and elegance in the pursuit of explanation turned to an excuse for religious
revival, a re-stirring of the metaphysical pot so to speak, so that the implications and interpretations of quantum mechanics gave those with a
feverous lust for absolute truth some fantasies to hold on to. A wave function is exactly a mathematical function, nothing else. The Planck constant
is a mathematical trick, a purely linguistic assumption, devised to turn the seemingly continuous universe into a digital one, something our on/off,
stop/go, binary, dualistic and digital minds can make sense of.
If only the universe were composed of numbers and values, the numerologists, the neo-pythagoreans would have something to rationally believe in. There
are even those who look at the time and believe they see something called “synchronicity” within the base 60 system, but they only witness how the
Babylonians used to count to 60 with their fingers. Notches on bones are their gods.
And how we love our mystics. Their insights into what happens when a human starves himself, overexerts himself, sleeps, ingests entheogens (which is a
polite way of saying psychoactive substances), or otherwise limits his own human faculties to make sense of the universe, are always filled with
hopeful rhetoric. Their experiences and desire for altered-states are valuable to them, and thus valuable to all of us, for we can simply take their
word for it without trying to escape from life ourselves.
Reincarnation, afterlives, dimensions, gods, states, nations, success, money, property, matter, mind, ego, good, evil, purpose, meaning—what are
these but a long list of deities composed of the exact same properties: Human beings trying to understand themselves? .
These metaphysical world-views are all beautiful. Someone not unlike ourselves created these. Someone conceived it, worked it out, and in the process
produced a work of art for all to see. In our most inquisitive episodes, in our most mystical experiences, in our most harrowing of moments, in the
darkest despair, any one of them may help us get through our lives. It is the entire history of human ideas culminating up until now, a long lineage
of human expression, far older than anyone can imagine, at our very fingertips.
Yet there is a religious revival, an erroneous desire to see this lineage of ideas cut and divided into “materialism vs. idealism”, “skeptic vs
believer”, “christian vs. atheist”, democrat vs. republican, man vs. man, once again satisfying that need to quantize, separate bit by bit the
universe and ourselves into this or that label, and in the process, breeding contempt for the labels we do not share, and those who rally beneath
This is what modern metaphysics has become. It awaits a time for when everyone becomes a metaphysician, and interpreters of their own lives, rather
than to live in the shadow of another's, as in all religions.