Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Retaining but transforming past ideas of the spirit, will, and God
Schopenhauer came close to revealing the real material '"Will" but then he renounced it, not unlike Buddha. Nietzsche turned Schopenhauer's will around and affirmed it, but then he said the will had no goal other then an amoral Dionysian will-to-power. Freud took the will and turned it into the sex drive. And postmodernism turned the will into a complete relativity of cultural values. Hegel and Kant came before these thinkers with their own versions of the forces and drives of life, and before that there was Plato and the Vedic thinkers, who probably influenced the religions of the middle east.
Theological materialism takes the Will and not only brings it into the material world but defines it as a material cause in nature and not a spiritual force unconnected to the material world. Not only that, the material Spirit-Will or Will-Spirit of theological materialism is understood as having a goal, a sacred goal, which is to activate within life to help life evolve in the material world to supermaterial Godhood. But rather than rejecting the past the Twofold Path as described in theological materialism conservatively retains the old Inward Path symbolic ideas and experiences of God, such as the Father Within, Nirvana, and so on, but transforms those first glimpses of the real Godhood which are in reality reached through the Outward Path of material evolution...Science can soon join religion in revealing the sacred goals of life.