- Jul 17, 2020
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well it can't be said for just any literature, lecture or *insert media here* since most of if not all of them do not follow up on the rest of the caracteristics that I mention in that text.I was thinking about this perspective recently and how it's been kind of popularized by Peterson. I agree with the sentiment that the Bible (and other religious texts) are essentially a huge human psychology tomes, told essentially via a great story and myth.
But couldnt you say the same for any literature from the 20th century? Or Movies form the 90's? Video games? All use collective storytelling with identical themes, morals, archetypes found in the bible. It's all a deep dive into the human psyche. Couldn't someone in 2000 years look back at our period now and extract the same kind of knowledge from the material we created?
for instance, most if not all do not have (or preach) a (set of) platonic form(s) as the ultimate goal for its adherents to strive towards, and consequently a (set of) counterparts to avoid. (Naraka v nirvana, Heaven vs Hell, etc.) and those that do, more often then not don't offer the instructions on how to get there/reach it.
to use a modern pop culture example from the MCU: The land Wakanda is the platonic form in Black Panther and most fans of the movie would agree that form as a succesfull one, as in it would be great if it where real or could be made real., but the movie and/or its francise to not offer the viewer the instructions or "rules for life" if you will (to stick to the topic of peterson) on how to strife for and/or reach and/or build it...
So i would say some 20th century literature or media has the potential to be a (succesfull) defacto religion, and religions pop up all the time (most recent one being scientology)..but its not just any. most modern media offers elements, but very few offer the single (semi) coherent framework.