Wednesday, January 06, 2016

How religion, patriotism, and science need not conflict

The self-limitation of altruism tends to conflict with the materialism of individualism, but in the long run group-selection is more successful than individual selection, groups of altruists beat groups of selfish individuals, as both religion and the science of sociobiology have shown over the years.

Practical problems arise with conflicting forms of patriotism based in natural differences between ethnic cultures, and also between individual and group-selection within groups.

Right-nationalism and left-individualism seems to be a more illuminating way of describing political differences than placing libertarian individualism on the right. Individualism naturally conflicts with group behavior. A way must be found to realistically deal with this real aspect of human nature.

Patriotism and morality are not at odds when material evolution to supermaterial Godhood is grounded in the real life needs of living in real places which are patriotically affirmed. Traditional religion has a bit more of a problem with patriotism because religion is grounded in non-materialism.

We cannot have a decent world without both religion and patriotic life, but this does not mean a new anthropology is needed. It means affirming real human nature along with the sacred evolution of life toward Godhood.
Differences between ethnic cultures and ethnic groups can be kept in check with ethnopluralism, regions and states set aside for distinctive ethnic cultures, and protected by some form of federalism.

No conflict with traditional religions is called for in the Twofold Path of theological materialism where the inward God of tradition is retained but transformed in the outward evolution to real Godhood.

This is the future world we require if we are to survive on earth. Self-restraint and altruism work best in protected ethnostates. Ideological contracts are not enough, as we have seen in the short life of new ideology. Religion, patriotism, and science can work in harmony.

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