I've been thinking about spirituality from an material point of view,
and what spirituality is really.
Because there is no real way to feel a connection to another power in the sense of god,
materially speaking (like, the feeling is a real chemical process but it's misascribed if that makes sense),
I think I understand it now.
Y'know how alienating labor sucks because the small decisions and unique things we do can't be seen by ourselves in our product?
I think that "spirituality" is just related to that
the weird rituals are only spiritual when the individual can see themselves in it
Like if funerals, they're advanced by capitalism to be more efficient
people would feel less "spiritual" when their gran is dumped in a hole dug by a digger machine.
A crucifix carved painstakingly is different from one cast on an assembly line.
But not because of god or jesus.
But because of the tiny choices and special decisions we make that make ourselves visible in our products.
So this idea of "spirituality" is just a lack of alienation the way I see it
Since there's not much value to extract in many religious rituals, there's less opportunity for these experiences to become commodified.
Perhaps this nice feeling is misattributed from a young age to god.
Another thing about religion I want to think about is the collective merrymaking.
This is perhaps more easy to explain, as one of the fundamental human needs.
I think that's something we oughta do more outside the scope of religion, which is something that the Left does extremely well.
The religious hymns and shape-note singing, they're beautiful if not for them being filled with their hateful lies.
I think there's something wonderful about singing together. I get chills whenever I hear the Internationale echoing from a crowd.
I think there's a place for "spirituality," as a worship of the self, of your own personal satisfaction. I think theism specifically is inherently antithetical to these ideas, and religion in general is incompatible with them. But I do not think that the ceremonies and rituals of religion are necessarily bad.
Practices like funerals once existed before religion, as an act of unalienated labor for one's own needs (in this case to attempt to come to terms with death). These practices, in part, built religion. But through religion these practices were warped to no longer have their meaning as part of the self.
Funerals became no longer about coming to terms with loss and death, but with appeasing a vengeful god so that the dead can be let into their magic kingdom.
I think it's important to bring these practices back as they once were and not as they have been perverted and specterized by religion.
On one hand, this sounds like silly Jacobin crap. The CVLT OF THE SVPREME BEING and whatnot.
But I dunno. It seems fun, so why not?
Perhaps I'm biased, as an "aberration" to god.
But when it comes to the festivities and singing, I think congregating and community making is quite nice and bemoan religion for spoiling it all.
I chose this image of cenetistas "executing," jesus christ as the thumbnail to link to this particular page because I felt that it summarized my ideas around spirituality very well.
The cenetistas are engaged in an action together, doing something simply because it feels good to do.
They feel closer to one another, like they're standing up together against visage of the greatest tyrant of all history.
These sort of things are the sort of things I think should constitute, "spirituality".
I think the only "spirit" we can know of is our own minds, and that is the spirit we should celebrate.
We should understand why it is we do the silly rituals we do, and change them accordingly.
I doubt many today find solace in some bastard pedophile who never so much as talked to their gran eulogizing her, claiming her dying from not being able to afford cancer medication was the plan of some almighty being.
I think the lines "We who are nothing shall be everything. Of the past we shall make a clean slate. We need no supreme savior, no god, no Caesar, no tribune. Producers, let us save ourselves, " are far greater words to hear.
I had a thought a bit about the concept of a spirit.
Again, the religious concept falls flat.
But perhaps, the concept originated not from some insane idea of life after death, at least not literally.
Perhaps, the idea of the spirit of somebody as our own conception of that person within our mind is a useful idea to have. For the dead, this seems like a pretty easy thing to think about. The "spirit" of our dead gran lives on in our heads as an idea. But this is not only a concept for the dead. If we think about the "spirit" as the empirical characteristics of a person which we are able to remember and to communicate to others, as almost instructions for their mind to recreate the person within it, then everyone's got one.
For instance, the spirit of Harriet Tubman, or Karl Marx, could be understood as any knowledge of that person, if that makes sense.
This means, that then some people which we only know "in spirit," such as the people on TV who are alive today. To us, they're basically long dead? We can only learn about them indirectly as images presented to us.
Idk, just thonking.