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.
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?
Nature is Sacred
At the heart of New Peace is the understanding that Nature is sacred and worth protecting. Something Indigenous cultures throughout the world have long been aware of. It is only through historical contingencies that the western worldview lost sight of this fact. It is this cultural trait from which capitalistic over-extraction emerges.
In a very concrete sense, it is the lack of spiritual veneration of the Natural world that the western project misses that has brought us to environmental tipping points.
Religion is Technology
“Religions exist primarily for people to achieve together what they cannot achieve alone.” David Sloan Wilson
Religions and spiritual tradtions exist in all world cultures and can be understood as fundamentally adaptive social technologies, especially at the scale of groups. Through harnessing spiritual emotionality, religions 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.
Sources of post-secular sprituality 2.0
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.
The Undivided Ground
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 contemplation of scale itself. From looking at far landscapes or stars.
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.
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.