Thank you Samantha for a thoughtful and heartfelt article. The next goal for religions and for transhumanists will be to link the common goals of a progressing humanity and work together to accomplish these goals.
By Kathy wilson on Feb 23, 2013 at 10:01am
That last picture is not my doing and I did not approve it. Its energy is not a good summation or particularly in tune with what this article is about.
By Samantha Atkins on Feb 24, 2013 at 1:46am
I think i understand what you are talking about. But we need to change the terminology. You neither define ‘religion’ nor ‘spirituality`. To most people religion, in spite of it’s etymology, means the bullshit we see all around us. I don’t want any part of it.
The term has become so corrupted that to me it is unsuitable for describing any aspirations i may have. You refer to ‘transhumanist religion’, but is there such a thing ? A christian transhumanist is still a christian and brings all the baggage of millennia to the table, something i find unacceptable. Terasem may be based on good ideas, but their practices i find ridiculous. The survey they initiated shows that over 80% of respondent are not religious.
Why do we need ‘transhumanist religion’ ? True religiosity is an utterly personal thing; there are 7 billion different paths to enlightenment. To me a truly transhumanist attitude must refrain from intruding into individuals’ belief systems. As a student of esoteric traditions in general and Thelema in particular for almost 50 years i know probably more about true ‘religion’ than most, and i do describe myself as a thelemic transhumanist because it will allow those who are interested to look it up and maybe understand better where i’m coming from. But i never proselytize, never even talk about my beliefs unless asked.
Let’s just get on with the transhumanist agenda which already incorporates our visions and aspirations and leave the ‘religious’ aspect or its absence to the individual.
By René Milan on Feb 24, 2013 at 3:01am