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I agree with the guy who said technology. Material factors are the main drives of human history - physical conditions, material comfort, and technology levels. These are the sort of things everyone is affected by.
This is my main issue with all ideological die-hards, both leftists and rightists. It's not political ideologies that cause massive worldwide changes. Only someone who lives in a fantasy world, with his head far up his own ass, seriously believes that ivory-tower political ideas are the engines of history.
The technologies society produces are always contingent on cultural narratives telling them what is important and what they should produce. Physical conditions and resource base are propellants, but towards what? Enter: Ideas. Shifts in narrative cause large changes, mismatches between expectation and reality cause mismanagement which causes collapse.
There are any number of directions technology will go, just as there are any number of directions resources will be allocated. Politics are subservient to the same dominant narratives which are strictly within the realm of ideas; the engine of history.
That's the type of church I like to attend
We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside
that holds whatever we want.
We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the inner space
that makes it livable.
That is why I prefer a building for such exercises. Cultivate the inner space. Fill it as it fills you.
European churches are mostly real solid-stone engineering/artistic marvels. You can't help but notice the care and expense lavished upon them when they were new. Very few north american churches can compare. In fact, I saw a 'church' recently here in Canada, that was a modular steel warehouse hosting a furniture store, before changing hands.
Hard to feel spiritually meditative inside a warehouse.
That's the jest of my experience. I live about an hour between two major cities which everyone knows and sadly enough that's where your architecture is. I do what I can to avoid those places. I hear they have Buddhist temples in LA, can't imagine tranquility is found amidst the roar of traffic and cursing.
I was referring to religion as one's personal involvement with the Divine, as opposed to a bunch of people all chanting the same thing. I could have been clearer.
One size rarely fits all, and even if it does, it doesn't fit all at the same time.
I bought a foam-filled wheelbarrow tire recently, guaranteed to fit any wheelbarrow.
Of course, 'fit' is a relative term. The wheel now wobbles loosely upon its axle, and I imagine 'one size fits all' really means 'one size fits none', at least not very well.
I would refer to what you describe as a spiritual experience, not to play semantics, but to distinguish between group and individual participation. My only true experience with the divine was entirely unprovoked, unsought. It simply happened. No chanting and no ritual. It was only after that experience that I began to see the value in the group experience we can call religion.
Isn't it easier to say that religion is shared mystical experience. Theology codifies these into abstract theories. This is usually where people struggle with religion in understanding, application and relevance.
Today I listend to:
Napalm Death - Harmony Corruption
Morbid Angel - Gateways to Annihilation
That ND album is awfully boring. I have never been a fan of ND but I never tried any of their more death metal material, which is what I would consider Harmony to be. Still, nothing great. Boring vocals, boring guitar patterns, boring drumming, so-so soloing.
The MA album was pretty great, I thought. I had heard GtA ripped apart by some reviews before but I didn't hear the decline in quality from prior albums, that the reviews claimed was present. I'm not very familiar with MA's albums, but I have Altars, Blessed, and Formulas, all of which I think are very high quality among all death metal, new and classic. Could be I am easily impressed by "guitar fireworks" and am a sucker for about anything Trey plays.
Listen to Gateways a few more times. The fireworks won't have an effect and it will be a chore to listen to.
The primary mover for all societal change has always been technology. If you want to see a stable society, just look to the ones who have had minimal influence from technological advance.
This leads right back into ideas. Technology is always created to fill a purpose and that purpose always has some relation to something a particular cultural dispensation thinks is important.
The minimalist societies you describe never make it very far into the world of abstraction and thus, their technologies are not terribly advanced in relation to high civilization.
I believe that if humanity's technology is left unchecked, they will destroy the planet. As in, literally. Shot to pieces.
Nothings impossible. Though, between us girls, I'm not too worried. It's checked by a dwindling resource base.
Isn't there enough nuclear proliferation out there already to destroy the planet? Or is that an urban legend?
Crows comment notwithstanding, nuclear weapons are sought and maintained as glorified insurance programs. Nuclear capability is a good way to make sure: 1) foreign boots don't end up on your soil 2) foreign nukes don't end up on your soil.
Rejoice! Take comfort in the fact that nuclear war is a low probability and the stock pile is more likely to go inert across the globe as resources are diverted to more pressing matters. Sure there is a chance for circumstance to arise where bombs get dropped. The closest Russia and US got to flying nukes at each other was the result of error, not will.