New Peace is a new protocol for understanding one’s place in the vastness of time and space. A radically inclusive, post-secular, faith of the real. A mysticism for the anthropocene. One that articulates a spiritual relationship with the infinite creativity of pattern, matter and energy.
A material problem requiring a Cultural solution at planetary scale. By harnessing the human natural propensity for spirituality, maybe we can sow the seeds of a religion of the future that reclaims its purpose as an adaptive meaning system.
Religion as Technology
Religions and spiritual tradtions exist in all world cultures and can be understood as fundamentally adaptive social technologies, especially at the scale of groups
. Spiritual emotions are accessible to all and can affect human behavior in powerful ways. Religions function as behavioral protocols through which groups and communities act as cohesive units in navigating their environments.
Art as Religion
At its best, Art is a celebration of difference and diversity. The connective tissue of culture that binds us together, mind to mind, heart to heart. In many ways, art is already acting as a contemporary secular religion (and always has). The most revelatory aesthetic experience is spiritual in nature. It is in this mode that New Peace operates as both art and spirituality.
Spirituality is deeply beneficial for humans. Yet religions are also partly to blame for leading us to environmental tipping points. How can spirituality and the sacred be reinterpreted and accessed in a world observed by science?
Sources of Post-Secular Sprituality
At the heart of New Peace are four possible sources of a post-secular spirituality. But rather than commandments, these are sketches, open questions, a research program open to evolution.
Everything that exists, exists as part of the one whole, undivided ground of matter, energy and information. New Peace rejects transcendent planes, or eternal essences because our universe of infinite creativity is sacred and mysterious in and of itself.
Faith in Pattern
New Peace seeks to introduce a new understanding of faith based on the inherent capacity for matter to organize and grow itself into the divinely aesthetic and diverse patterns found at every scale of our universe.
Pray to Scale
Spiritual emotionality is innate to the contemplation of scale itself. From looking over distant landscapes or contemplating the age of the light of the stars as it hits your eyes. Spiritual emotions are natural and adaptive for humans.
Purpose from Difference
Difference is the point of life and the material universe. Through the evolution of the cosmos, we are the story of matter being told to itself in infinite permutations. By recognizing this truth, the foundations of a new post-human ethics can be laid.
Nature is Sacred
At the heart of New Peace is the understanding that Nature is sacred and worth protecting.
Spirituality of Symbiosis
Spirituality has the capacity to connect communities in a deep way. Precisely the type of connection to a greater self that we need today to have any shot at confronting the environmental crisis.
Ontology of Compassion
Commit to a world outside yourself.