Memoirs from an ex-cultist.
THE GIANT CULT
I have a confession to make..
I was born into a giant cult.
Yes, I am sad to admit that.
It is a cult that actively participates in sadistic harm on its members, while inverting reality to proclaim it is doing good at the same time. One that criticises those who think freely beyond the Cult’s framework, while keeping the rest trapped with the same worldview of fantasy.
And the truth is.. you were also born into this cult.
We all were.
What cult am I referring too?
I am referring to the largest religious ideology of the modern world, The Cult of Scientism.
The world has started to become aware of this Cult in the last two years, and now it has become fairly common in these times to distinguish very carefully between science and The ScienceTM.
The distinction generally goes something like this:
Science is a method for gaining objective, observable knowledge about the world through experiments with repeatable results, accruing over time. This is supposed to be self-correcting as our knowledge and understanding of the observable world grows more detailed.
Scientism, or The ScienceTM, on the other hand is more like a cult where an individual blindly follows what one is told is true. One may not question the narrative of the leaders (the lab-coat priests), and one must even have some kind of an outward signifier of participation (for COVID: masks, vaccination, etc).
To be sure, scientism is dangerous and devolves into the absurd, such as when Anthony Fauci declared that attacks on himself were “attacks on science” (one wonders what the reaction would be if any pontiff proclaimed that to attack himself would be to attack God).
It is good and fair that these distinctions be articulated, and criticisms of the cult-like actions of those that claim to follow The ScienceTM are being made.
There is, however, a subtler problem, one with which we as a species have been dealing for at least the past three centuries — and one that has yet to be resolved.
It goes far deeper than simply mass profit and control.
It is a dehumanizing ideology that has shaped humanity for centuries now.
As someone who left this Cult six years ago, after first having to break free of both mainstream and ‘alternatives’ circles over a prior five year period prior (where did those 11 years go?), here are some of the things I have learned looking back at our trapped species.
More specifically, techniques employed by the Cult to keep everyone at a glass ceiling.
KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING
‘You don’t know anything, and knowing is half the battle’.
One of the coldest revelations I faced when leaving the Cult was the notion that everything I had ever been taught was a lie, and my knowledge of the world was as minimal as could be.
This was after leaving the mainstream framework, only to know find my ‘alternative’ framework was a sham as well. Regurgitated narratives I peddled without double-checking the claims for myself.
Both sides continue to live in a vast illusion, believing the many fables of the Cult.
There is a gatekeeper at every turn with the ‘answer’ to your many questions.
Most will never reach the level of questioning the mainstream, and even fewer will question the ‘alternative’ that is there to ‘counter’ their narratives (employing the same fear-mongering techniques).
And it has been this way for a while now.
In the West, ‘enlightenment’ ideals of what it means to ‘know’ something have taken over what it means to know anything — especially the non-objectives wonders surrounding your own conscious thoughts.
Johann Goethe is notable as one who saw with great insight that isolating a part in order to know more about the whole will always produce a distorted understanding of both.
His emphasis was on studying wholes in nature, as the isolation of anything apart from its greater environment may convey a certain kind of mechanical knowledge about that thing.
During this time, knowledge effectively became what it means to make something perform a certain action, whether that meant melting down celluloid to produce plastic, capturing nitrogen to put into our soil, or knowing what inputs will get the ‘desired output’ from human immune systems.
A synthetisation of nature, where the real was re-labelled with Cultist language.
This shift from knowledge as understanding, to knowledge as making, has been traced and analysed with great insight many times.
Indeed, on some level, we know the problem with the radical shift that takes place in the Enlightenment, and therefore of what it means to ‘know’ something.
The issue, put somewhat oversimply, is that the modern scientific method has no other way of understanding the world than through the lens of human input and therefore cannot see the larger whole, which of course includes the fact that there is always much more outside of human control.
This, the Cult says, is a problem that we must solve through technology: we must place more and more of the world under our control, so we can ‘predict the outputs’.
This a losing game, and always will be, as should now be evident to anyone paying attention.
This Cult uses ‘technological advancement’ (advancing seen as positive) to transform the whole world into what Martin Heidegger called “standing reserve”: material there simply for human input and desired output, with no intrinsic order or nature of its own — no “self” for humans to know and come to understand, rather just “stuff” for humans to use.
Because there is no intrinsic order, because there is no whole in which man participates — man therefore has no choice but to try and order (control) the chaos in which he thinks he finds himself.
In doing so, the Cult has trapped generations in a narrow-tunnel belief complex.
NARROW AND DISTORTED WORLDVIEW
Criticisms of the modern scientific way have more or less been co-terminus with its existence.
We have ceded judgment about reality to this method, and in so doing, imply that we do not actually or fully believe what our ancestors had to say.
This is the vision of reality the modern scientific method bestows on us, and it is to this vision we give deference every time we defend it.
We pay tribute to the regime of science by tempering our critiques with choruses of “but I am not criticising the lightbulb.”
Maybe I am indeed criticising the lightbulb, as it has re-ordered our vision of reality to the point we no longer pay heed to the sun, and therefore to natural human rhythms.
It has allowed us to believe that second and third shifts are perfectly normal, and therefore induced many of our fellow human beings to work long hours in factories or fulfilment warehouses at night.
It has led us to thinking this is not only normal, but right.
So yes, perhaps the lightbulb was a mistake. Even if it ‘worked’.
And if they want to go there, I can go there. I don’t have to backtrack in alter worship.
Understanding the Cult allows you to challenge it on all levels, even to the fundamental structures.
Living in an order shaped by modern science (and the technology that has resulted from it) does not mean we cannot criticise or even outright condemn that very order.
And when you do, you find some very interesting revelations.
Most fail to ever examine the underlying principles — the grand narratives — that make up what they believe. Narratives created by the Cult of Scientism to assist their expansions of control.
We should be able to discuss these things freely in order to understand just how distorted our worldview has become, rather than being constantly afraid of not being taken seriously by a worldview that itself does not take the given world in which we live seriously.
A ‘big bang’ from nothing? Giant lizard creatures living millions of years ago? An autistic aristocrat hanging two lead balls in his shed 200 years ago to determine the mass of the earth?
The grand narratives of Scientism are some of the most absurd when actually examined objectively.
Indeed, the desire to be ‘taken seriously’ seems to be what is at the root of cult mentality.
You may even be looking at the piece linked above thinking ‘seriously?’.
We think that in order to have ‘adult conversations’ about the world and what goes on in it, we must ‘tip our hat’, so to speak, in one way or another to the techno-scientific paradigm dictating our lives.
We must be ‘taken seriously’.
Under what framework? A cultist framework?
Mind you, the past two years have shown me very few ‘adults’ are left in this world.
Simply children that get older and never pass their childish glass ceilings.
The problem, of course, is that Scientism is a worldview.
Criticisms of this Cult lead one to see the limitations of science itself as a way for understanding reality.
Science, as we understand it today. is not a neutral method by which to observe the world (as it is so often painted), but rather most fundamentally a way of seeing and understanding the world.
Make no mistake: what we understand something to be determines how we act on or toward it.
But what happens when entire frameworks of thinking become shut off because of this method?
This is where we meet two competing worldviews here:
- Man controls everything, because there is no order in the world unless and until he wills it.
- Man stands and participates in an already given order which he ignores at his peril.
The second worldview has all but been erased.
Even new-age spiritualists often refer to science and their terminology to explain their viewpoints about ‘infinite consciousness’, the ‘universe’, or for the descriptions of lights in the sky (‘stars’).
The longer we use science as the only way of understanding reality, we miss the bigger picture.
Subsequently, we allow the Cult to create mythologies based off this limited thinking (science itself), which is no longer seen as a tool, but as the only way to find answers.
THE FULL PICTURE
When I left the Cult, it was refreshing to see many thinkers during this period of great revolution were in large part self-conscious about this: They understood the perils of wanting to break away with tradition and conceive an entirely new way of looking at and dealing with the world.
One in which man gives and controls its order.
What truly was the consequence of this shift?
Friedrich Nietzsche described this as the ‘death of God’ and largely predicted the era of nihilism that would emerge with no framework to replace it.
An era in which select humans, no longer believing in something bigger than themselves, attempted to transform into (pseudo) ‘gods’ of the modern world.
Of course, fairytales are needed to reinforce their mythos.
Mass dehumanization, the esoteric infiltration of religion and the final blow of evolutionary hoaxery (a theory specifically designed to justify a centuries-long eugenics vision).
We must cease engaging uncritically with this alternative worldview and all that has resulted therefrom, and certainly to stop being embarrassed about critique.
Any time that tribute is paid to the techno-scientific worldview, it subtly undermines reality itself.
For as long as you believe in the Phantoms of Reality, such as an infinite vacuum of space, the Cult further reinforces itself — perhaps stronger in so-called ‘alternative’ thinkers.
A mainstream perspective will watch the History Channel and believe in our ‘vast past’, for example.
An alternative perspective will question this, while remaining in the framework.
‘No, history goes back further than we are told!’ or ‘this historical event was covered up!’ or ‘here are the true secrets of this civilisation!’.
But what if ‘history’, itself, is a fallacy?
The events, the objects, the civilisations, all of it.
The Cult of Scientism doesn’t want you asking those questions.
They want you to keep within the context of their mythos.
Lucky for them, virtually nobody will ask.
The transhumanist era is the final stamp out of everything that was once human in worship of this Cult.
Science (the tool) is now used as a vehicle to recast our vision of the world as something that can be picked apart, toyed with and reassembled at our will.
The framework for reality on which modern science relies is far too narrow. A full understanding of reality is made up of more than just the immediately visible and otherwise sensible.
It is a reality that is saturated with the metaphysical, which both grounds and bears upon the physical — to the incomplete techno-scientific model of reality.
Even the words (symbols) I use to describe these things were created by the Cult.
In the end, those with ‘eyes to see’ have a duty to show the world the truth of reality, which is always much more than our ideas about it, or our attempts to control it.
This includes the full proclamation and confidence of understanding of reality as a gift in its full metaphysical and theological depth, not just those by the scientific and medical ‘experts’.
Priests that continue to brainwash millions each day in their churches (universities).
We do not ever need to justify ourselves or our understanding to the techno-scientific model of reality, but rather we need to justify our knowledge to reality itself.
That is the only measure by which knowledge and understanding can be judged.
In doing this, one can truly step outside of the Cult for good.
And let me tell you, it is a wonderous feeling.
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