I don’t know what there is to debate, at this point.
We have to understand what situation we are facing, before we can decide how best to deal with it.
Are we here by some evolutionary accident or not?
If we are here by accident, I have nothing to contribute to the discussion.
It will simply be a negative-sum game of survival, with the spoils going to the most ruthless.
Once our infrastructure starts breaking down, I would except a dieback of 99%…… and a nearly complete collapse of civilization.
The only thing to look forward to is a repetition of the breakdown process every few generations, and that is being optimistic about a species survival, at all.
On the plus side, the problem of climate change would be dealt with in a hurry.
On the other hand, if we are not here by accident, we have many possibilities to discuss…… at least until we examine them more carefully.
I examined the obvious possibilities for about five years, until I was able to rule out any sort of Cartesian dualism.
I was unable to make any sense of any dualism, Cartesian or otherwise.
If there is to be a common ground for discussion, there must be a common ground to our being.
And, if the common ground is not to be found in matter, it must be located in our minds.
Before any substantive discussion is even found to be possible, we necessarily agree that mind provides the foundation of reality…… that mind is the ground of all being.
If mind is epiphenomenal within Natrure, the centripetal forces pulling us apart can hardly be tamed, other than in the most contingent….. the most fragile of circumstances.
If our cohesion is to be robust, it must be based on a commonality that is rooted in our whole being.
If we are looking for commonality, we must start from a metaphysical monism. This monism is to be found in mysticism, almost by definition.
The opposite of mysticism is gnosticism, which does tend to be divisive, and that is putting it mildly.
Right away, this division pits the East against the West, certainly from any historical perspective.
It is only thanks to scientific materialism and secular humanism that global intercourse has been possible.
The question before us is whether secular humanism will suffice to bring us through the impending turbulence.
If the answer is even doubtful, then we, metaphysicians, have our work cut out for us.
If scientific monism comes up short, our only alternative is metaphysical monism.
The radical nature of our existential predicament demands that we think outside the scientific box.
We will soon get to see just how open minded we are.
Yes, of course, most everyone will continue their political and economic discussions and power plays….. our absence will hardly be noticed.
However, if there is any longer range hope for humanity, it will have to be found in a dimension beyond the material.
And then we can circle back to the Taliban.
Surely they have found a cohesion beyond the material.
They have just taken over a whole country…… barely firing a shot.
However, they would have looked rather silly without their M16s.
Prophetic fundamentalism diametrically opposes mystical monism.
But just how deep does that opposition really go?
It seems that our religious fault lines are only being drawn deeper, on an almost daily basis.
Hope is always a long shot, but especially now.
Desperation, however, can focus the mind. My mind focuses on portals.
How could portals overcome millennia of spiritual warfare?
Well, how is scientific materialism like a balloon
One portal, and it’s all gone.
Modernism is a mile wide and an inch deep.
I’m suggesting that the Taliban have access to a portal.
Yes, this is an extreme instance of speculation on my part, but let’s go figure…….