To Where and Why

The rise

For centuries, spirituality – the religious phenomenon, with all its churches and sects – kept in check a self still able to connect, albeit slightly, to the ‘spirit world’, this realm chaotically intertwined with what we conveniently nowaday call ‘reality’. This link, in our civilisation, and since a few decades now, continues its inexorable withering.

Is it because of science, new technologies, mondialisation ? Well… among other things, even if there is in this case no scapegoat to be found. The reasons are legion, but it’s important to keep in mind that this evolution is neither a good nor a bad thing, just a situation asking for new tools – for new points of view – to be addressed in all its complexity.

Of hydroponic men

The thing is… we woke up. The western civilisation woke up. Our world became real. Walking away from the intimate experience of symbols, finally aware of our inability to grasp the full spectrum of the divine metaphors, we naturally redirected the psychic energy once allowed to them toward a blooming ego and its somewhat dangerous inflation ; toward a certain idea of the self. Doubly disconnected from its roots, the newborn paradigm that we let ourselves become then stopped to look up to a now empty sky and started to focus on the here and now : the more, the better, the immediate, making our souls the playground of desirs, more than the one of immanent possibles.

Lost, dispossessed of any way to project itself ‘out there’, our ‘divine’ then gave up on the myth once made for it to shine and spread. Many thus grew distant from religion ; and religion, alone, in a never ending race to novelty and at war with its past, didn’t manage to fill the gap anymore.

How mankind outgrew religions

What – where – is the meaning of life ? Is there a paradise still ? The old beliefs are making a come-back, no harm in that… but who addresses death ? Is to provide insight on how to lead a life enough when this very life eventually ends ? What about the promise ? And isn’t it a little hazardous to rely on the pride taken from a life of dedicated hardship to guarantee a fulfilling death ?

In midstream – how mankind outgrew religions

Religion didn’t fail. Just… in its actual form, our civilisation outgrew it. Yet, did we learn too much to die in peace ? Surely not. It’s actually quite the opposite : we stopped halfway. Halfway in our discovery of our selves. Those selves, we split them in an indefinite number of empirical research subjects, requiring experts and spécialisations. Too immersed in our journey, we prolonged it, invented manyfold activities on the way and, adorned in delight, we ended up forgetting that it had, at some point, to end. That how death became taboo. That how we stopped to prepare for it. Thus, the sentence today always comes to fast and we don’t know anymore what to do with our selves, except suffering of not being able to take them with us, whatever this ‘us’ and wherever that place may be.

The myth inside

However, there is still time. There is still hope. Peace of mind is within grasp for those ready to sail the boat. Our hampered capacity to relate to the cosmogonic tale doesn’t have to remain derelict appendix, for there is another tale, unexplored, lying there, just inside us. A beautiful one, finally relatable to… and in so many ways ours ! Giving back to us the meaning that we always had, making of us our own myth. Without a name, without identity, for it would be defining it too much. Through the metaphor of the Hero’s end, it’s to this very myth that I’m willing to introduce you.