Religion and Liberalism is over. What’s next? Homo Deus.[part3]

A reflection on how we overcame survival

The first religions were Animalist — all belongs to all, be it animal, plant or earth. As such, we assumed what a human may feel, think and do, an animal would too. In fact, Yuval points to evidence that they believed that humans descended from animals and hence are linked.

The breakdown of religion

Religion focuses on morals and projects that into actions and rules. Science doesn’t concern itself with morals but does analyse actions and rules.

Why are humans on top?

Perhaps to understand if our belief “we are better” is well founded we need to know why we have achieved so much. Humanities super power is wide spread collaboration without the need for deep trust. Bees can collaborate but are not the super species. Apes can collaborate but require deep trust. Human social systems require no intimacy.

Lions can run, jump, claw and bite. Yet they cannot open a bank account or file a lawsuit.

The new intersubjective dogma

As discussed, the issue with all religions is that they a bridge between ethical judgements and facts, but then either evolve too slowly (typically labelled progressive or liberal), or do not evolve by intention (orthodox types).

  • Factual statements are studied and linked to the ethical statement — “Human life begins at conception”, “3,000 years ago God said do not ‘lie with another man’”
  • Direction to abide by these values and facts are given — “Abortion is always a sin”, Homosexuality is a sin”

Why is religion useful?

So religion is declining, what is next?

Quickly replacing religion is societal change. In the 20th century liberalism, communism and fascism were the new religions which people aligned themselves to, hence enabling “large-scale cooperation”.

“Just as Christians and Muslims all believe in heaven, and disagree only about how to get there, so during the Cold War both capitalists and communists disagreed on how to create heaven on earth through economic growth”

If you can show growth, you improve your life. Each countries leadership will do this differently but, ultimately, if the quality of life lags behind others their strength will falter. Politicians have recognised this and it has given birth to the Japanese Abenomics, China’s not-so-communist growth, India’s and Turkey’s religious economic parties and Singapore GDP-obsessed government. All the leaders pin their success on growth. This is a new political model, whatever is needed to have growth will keep you popular.

‘Liberal Democratic’ that was very conservative and nationalistic, Prime Minster of Japan, Shinzo Abe, built his own style of growth using something now know as Abeconmics. (Image Source; Graph Source)
Son of the founder of the founder of Singapore, a pluristic economic focused country, Lee Hsien Loong has caused growth by tieing the Singaporean country to the GDP it generates since 2004, which has worked… (Image Source; Graph Source — Google ‘Singapore GDP’)
A young stall worker who ran away from home, who in 2014 became the 14th Prime Minister of India and leader of an orthodox Hindu party. (Image Source; Graph Source)
In Nov 2012, Xi Jinping came from literally ‘living in a cave’ to being the highest ranking official of “communist” China and has sustained growth since. (Image Source; Graph Source — Google China GDP)
Authoritarian Government Leader of Turkey — Erdogan and Turkey’s growth (Source photo; Source Graph)

What can we use to grow?

Much of 20th century growth has come from finding new resources in new continents and industrialising. The future seems to point to the resources off world in mining planets. But what about now.

Founder of and Product Owner @ dunnhumby; just genuinely interested in a lot of things. Built racecars, built electronics, now building software

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