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The New Priests- I

Belief in the ability of ‘experts’ to consistently predict the future is a popular and dangerous delusion. As anyone with a stash of old magazines, newspaper clippings or webpage caches can verify, anointed ‘experts’ are more likely to be wrong about the future than a wild guess by laymen. This phenomenon is especially well understood in the realm of sci-fi and technology, where ‘experts’ in an area of knowledge are almost always wrong about future developments in that area. I will write about this in detail, and with examples, in upcoming posts.

In past centuries such ‘experts’ often wore distinctive headgear and robes, and were called priests, shamans, sorcerers, wizards and medicine men. They professed their abilities to decipher the hidden messages of deities through esoteric knowledge and rituals, not revealed to laymen. While traditional religion has lost much of its power in the west, the human need to believe in a meaningful and predictable universe has resulted in the appearance of secular religions.

At their core, all religious type beliefs try to make their followers believe that the universe, and their existence, has a purpose independent of their viewpoint. It is very hard for most people to accept the possibility that existence has no meaning other than what their mind chooses to give it. I will also explore this issue in upcoming posts. As previously mentioned, the west has abandoned traditional religions for secular religions. While the reasons for this shift are many, it does not alter the basic dynamics of religious type thinking. Moreover these new religions are not seen as religions by their believers.

Secular religions cover the gamut of ideologies from capitalism, socialism, communism, anarchism, free marketism, law-and-orderism, racialism and increasingly ‘scientificism’.

  1. December 13, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    You are what you think, having become what you thought, is the phenomenon of all universal activity inseparably. It is believed that an, intangible thought eased the whole universe into action from the unfathomable depths of pure consciousness matter,mind or life force which are all the same. We can gather from this what we like or perceive, again inseparably

  2. December 14, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    As anyone with a stash of old magazines, newspaper clippings or webpage caches can verify, anointed ‘experts’ are more likely to be wrong about the future than a wild guess by laymen.

    Old clippings are great to bring out as examples – especially to humiliate Liberal scum. I’ve seen gun control stuff that’s a hoot. “If guns are allowed to be carried – there’ll be BLOOD IN THE STREETS! White people will HUNT blacks!”

    Lots of religious ‘prophecy’ by Televangelists on how Jeebus was punishing the USA’s greed…back in the tech bubble crash of 2000.

    Funny how they missed His blessings those next few years with the real estate boom…but of course He got right back to punishing us.

  3. April 22, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Hello, Advocatus,

    I would suggest that you consider putting my blog
    Forward Base B
    On your blogroll.
    Not to mention the previous blog 6 Heretic’s Way is still there.

    From the beginning, you’ve done your own thing and rejected the ideas of race haters and “free market libertarian” neocons. You’ve never gotten carried away about anti-feminism either, simply acknowledging that some form of widespread MGTOW is inevitable. You’ve never been obsessed with game; you prefer escorts so you don’t have to waste time and effort. You’re a rare heterodox centrist who observes and analyzes but avoids becoming a fanatic.

    Over the years, I’ve gotten some of my best readership simply from leaving occasional comments on your blog. Your emphasis on critical thinking attracts the right kind of crowd.

    Of those you link to already, even the gamers now dispense racial and ‘big government’ diatribes as often as they tell men how to get laid.
    Why not put me there considering we’ve thought similarly on modern problems fairly often.
    By now, you know I’m also pretty grounded and not prone to screaming in allcaps about the ‘Zionist Occupation Government.’

    I get it, you’re a nihilist and don’t care. But if that were entirely the case, you would have no reason to blog or tell men how to get escorts. You do at least take pleasure in subverting the orthodox discourse, spreading your ideas, and watching their world burn.

    OK, will do it tomorrow morning.

  1. December 19, 2009 at 9:52 pm
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