On Anthropolatry

In his first post at Ecosophia.net, Greer makes use of a term that describes something I was looking to talk about, that’s currently sitting in my drafts. I’ll probably put that out in a few days.

At any rate, “anthropolatry” is exactly what you think it is: the elevation of humanity to goodhood, and the elevation of human interests to no less than divine will. He comes to the conclusion that it is this deep-seated cultural belief that’s at the root of so much inaction concerning the various planetary crises happening at the moment. I’m inclined to agree.

My comment on the thing, waaaaay down near the end, concerns how this plays out in polytheism and may be of interest:

Ah yes, this exact thing has been responsible for a pretty big rift among polytheist practitioners in recent years, if that world is at all on your radar. There’s the anthropolatrist camp, which constitutes people who want to have their cake and eat it too, that is, worship ancient gods without giving up worship of themselves, and the “piety” camp, which asserts that humans tend toward the hubristic, that we need to take care of the world and our obligations to Powers before we can truly adequately take care of ourselves in any meaningful sense, and that the built human world is generally a cesspool of miasma that collects on us like dirt, rather than being the spoils of the Great Gift of Progress.

It’s an interesting little microcosm of exactly the sorts of actions and reactions that you outline here – the rage, the hypocrisy, the blank bovine stares, it’s all there.

The recent rise of polytheism as a different category of religion from the paganisms mirrors a lot of what’s going on in the broader world as well, and I think it’s providing a new spiritual paradigm. One, I personally think, that is -much- better equipped to help us through the hard times ahead instead of bolster our egos and promise us the actual moon.

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