230. Is politics replacing religion and, in so doing, becoming one?

Hear me out on this. One way to understand religion is as a belief system built on the purported word of a superior authority, a god, mediated through an inner circle, the priesthood. For a religion to survive, when the word of its god and facts contradict each other, the followers of the religion must align with the former. This explains the prosecution of figures like Galileo, who did no more than state clearly observable facts. The god drives the narrative, describing reality in advance, providing a framework for confirmatory and complementary facts to slot into and for contradictory facts to be discarded as fabrication, misinterpretation or lie. Modern politicians are adept at driving the narrative, telling the story before it happens, providing interpretation guidelines for every ensuing fact. This is the reason why Trump started claiming election fraud weeks before the election happened, or why you can predict reality by expecting the opposite to anything stated by Michael Gove  

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Melkisecebe said…
Maybe as God is lo longer among most of us but idolatry may be part of human social behaviour... we are supplying with devotion for politics?
SantiDominguezV said…
I guess you mean replacing, not supplying... Well, I think there is a very strong inbuilt desire in many humans to belong to a tribe which is identified by shared beliefs, and to follow rather than stand out on the cold contrast of ones own, individual rational ideas. This is what both gods throughout history and political tribalism provide, and what many are going for

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