[extropy-chat] Creating Transhumanity
bpaatsch at bigpond.net.au
Mon May 9 08:11:07 UTC 2005
> So what am I doing. I have been kicking something around
> for a long time. I am done kicking it around. I will found a
> strongly transhumanist religion. Ah. I can hear the groaning
I'm not groaning, I'm smiling. I think the idea is just about crazy
enough to be worth trying. A transhumanist religion is likely to
fare better than a transhumanist political party for instance.
I think that you will find that there is a lot of work involved, but
it could be interesting to work out how to legally establish a
religion in the USA. There are probably tax concessions etc.
> I think that there is room and good reason to take the best of
> human spirituality and its tools and deep yearnings and wed
> that with science and especially with transhumanism/futurism/
> extropian memes. A Vision that knits hearts and minds
> together toward its manifestation could be planted all across
> many spiritual communities, in transhumanist circles and pull
> in many others from their cynicism or experience of lack of
> meaning. When such a Vision takes hold the chances of
> arriving at a future that sings the best in us into manifestation
> will be greatly increased.
> It is a religion because it will teach that we need much more
> than technology to truly create a relative paradise on this earth.
I'm not certain but I think there are some tests that have to be
passed to be classified as a 'religion', you can't just proclaim
yourself to be the religion of freedom-from-other's-foolish-
religiousness for instance. I'm not sure but perhaps you have
to believe in some sort of supreme being.
> It will take a lot of in depth psychological and spiritual work
> to become our best selves and free our energies for the Work.
> It is quite a shift of consciousness to really get Abundance.
> This religion is not exclusive and certainly doesn't have a
> corner on Truth. It is simply the best and widest net for
> moving forward that I can presently conceive of weaving
> and casting. You don't have to believe everything I believe.
> Take what works for where you are. It will work for some
> and not for others. It is not my job to figure it all out. I hope
> enough others are drawn to the basic idea that we together
> can flesh out the organization and create, ever sharpen and
> spread the Vision. I hope it infects a lot of people in various
> other religions.
How ecumenical :-)
> I hope it infects and inflames a lot of people who think that to
> create, claim and be claimed by a Vision is somehow
> intellectually uncool.
Intellectual coolness is overrated.
> It is very early in the formation phase of this new religion.
> The name I am considering is "Church of the Fulfillment".
> The idea being that we, all of humanity, can now get on with
> fulfilling all those age-old dreams of humanity and more for
> real, here and now, in this world.
I like the idea Samantha. Its not for me. But its at least
*interesting* and you would learn something by trying to do
it in a sensible way.
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