Mark Zuckerberg went to church. The multi-billionaire CEO of Facebook says he spent the morning yesterday at “Mother Emanuel — the oldest African Methodist Episcopal church in the South.”
Does Mark Zuckerberg believe in God?
Age? That he’s a now a parent? Is it simply a play for publicity — aligned with a potential run as President? The banal workings-through of a rich man eager to convince everyone he feels our feelings? An acknowledgement of the diminution of spiritual fulfillment so endemic in our highly connected, always sharing social construct?
Probably a bit of each.
The certainty of our science makes it clear: all that we comprehend, awareness, matter, and the building blocks of reality, in particular, rest upon foundations that are, to our human brain, entirely irrational. Meaning: faith — in God, in heaven, an afterlife — is as rational a forward path as any other.
Most aren’t ready for this.
It’s the end of the world as we know it and we all feel refined. Polished, smoothed, frozen. We cling to the rational, the certain, our past. But it’s all wrong, or enough of it to make the perception truth. We can’t be what we believe our self to be. Even now, in the actual 21st century. The only options are to change it all, or continue. With our tech, our science, our connectivity, mobility and yearnings, change it all may be the last best hope, the destruction of everything is profoundly scary, no doubt, whether needed or not, because that includes all that is valued, known, all the good and all which led to it.
Destruction is fun to watch, not experience. But it’s now necessary. Technology and science aren’t enough. No longer. They are as meaningful as the mass consumer society of our grandparents and today’s richest corporations.
Embrace the next. A Great Awakening. It may come harshly, at least for many, but it comes, even while most continue with their eyes closed tight, their arms reaching out for covers to comfort them.
Covers of stuff, shares, virtual likes, digital noise.
Don’t let it pass you by.
In the 1800s, the (second) Great Awakening witnessed the very public, very widespread embrace of the emotional, the supernatural. This will happen again, soon. Our technologies have connected us all and broken down most of the barriers which slow or block or alter the path of our reflexive thoughts as they become our spoken word.
We are each revealed.
The spiritual will out, our soul liberated — and with all its scary meanings.
Everything’s been politicized, our great thinkers hate most of their countrymen, our cultural leaders only pretend to care, the outrage is omnipresent, the flying cars non-existent, the violence endemic, the dreams dead, we feel shame for killing our only planet but embrace an economy fully constructed on more, love is hard, porn is free, order an illusion, miracles abound and we all feel sad. We have never been, each of us, more powerful, more accessible, yet we are a mass of secret fears.
In an age when science — actual science — strongly suggests that everything we once knew is wrong, even matter itself, that we are living inside a sim, the creation of some creator, there is little need to hold the inside inside.
The rational path has led us inextricably to the now, and the now is utterly irrational.
The joke’s on everyone.
Maybe faith is not so irrational?