Thursday, October 29, 2015
Resolving aimlessness in philosophy
Aimlessness seems to be a central problem in modern philosophy and science, that is, life is seen as having no long-term direction or purpose. Science speaks of the motivation to survival and reproduction, psychology speaks of the sex drive, philosophy speaks of the power drive, but these have no other aim, teleology is rejected, all directions are relative, there are no accepted deeper values or purposes. Art and politics follow with this aimlessness, they are superficial in their long-term non-direction because ultimately all the fields are interrelated.
The problem comes from thinking that all sacred or teleological long-term goals and purposes are non-materiel, when non-materialism has been repudiated in the modern world, as I think it should be---even quantum physics will be found to be material, though some may wish it not to be. But most importantly, the sacred goal of Godhood is not dead because Godhood is understood as the supermaterial zenith of material evolution. Aimlessness can fade away, sacred goals can return---they never really left us.
This is how aimlessness is resolved in theological materialism.