Traditionalists believe that there is an order to the universe which has a cause before and beyond the physical, but manifests as the physical, which makes the physical and the divine simultaneously important because they reflect the same process happening.
In their view, which comes from Plato, all that we know of the world — the Veil of Maya — is in fact a shadow of the event that set it in motion, which has its origins in something larger than the physical world, a vast space of cause which we know only through the surface in terms of its physical effects.
This view might compare reality to a wave, where we see the crest and feel the crash, but the real generation of the wave was not only miles away but fathoms deep, and so what we know as a “wave” is merely the aftereffect of that creation. Reality is real because it reflects this larger world of causes, but we know it secondhand at best.
Unlike most religious interpretations, this view affords tolerance of genetics. If there is a grand Design, and possibly a grand Designer, then genetics is how this structure passes information within itself. Natural selection forces adaptation and leaves behind an efficient, conflict-driven but ultimately stable system.
Those who study genetics tend to realize that if we take Darwin seriously, all traits are heritable, which means that group activities like culture reflect the genetics of those interacting to form these behaviors. Genetics creates culture, and from that viewpoint the group can have morality, spirituality, and science.
Science periodically gives us small confirmations, such as a recent oneiromancy which shows the cultural differences in dreaming:
A study led by the universities of Geneva (UNIGE) and Toronto, and the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG), compared the dreams of two forager communities, in Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo, with those of individuals living in Europe and North America. It showed that the first two groups produced more threatening, but also more cathartic and socially-oriented dreams than the Western groups.
“Among the BaYaka and Hadza, the social bonds they have are, by necessity, very strong. Compared to the more individualist societies in Europe and North America, day to day life and division of labor is typically more egalitarian. It appears this kind of social connection, and reliance on community means that the best way they process the emotional content associated with threat in their dreams, is by way of the social relationships they have. In effect these relationships are the emotional tools used to process life’s challenges,” explains David Samson, Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Toronto, Mississauga, and first author of the study. The research team therefore suggests that there is a close connection between the function of dreams and the societal norms and values of each specific society studied.
“However, it is difficult to deduce any causal links between the dreams and daytime functioning in this study. Nor should we conclude that dreams in groups of Western individuals have no emotional function,” Lampros Perogamvros adds. In fact, in 2019, the same research team published a study showing that “bad dreams” in Western individuals, i.e. dreams with a negative content that are not nightmares, are often simulations of our fears that prepare us to face them once we are awake. “There seems to be more than one type of ‘functional’ dreams. The present study shows that there is a strong link between our socio-cultural life and the function of dreams,” concludes the researcher.
As usual, we get the propaganda about the egalitarian third world versus the individualist West, a false dichotomy that unfortunately conservatives — lately, they seem incapable of any kind of thought, to be honest — have internalized and proudly proclaim themselves “individualists.”
If the third world is egalitarian, these morons just equated egalitarianism to poverty. On the other hand, conservative morons have equated individualism with social breakdown, since whatever we are doing here in the West seems to be plunging us into utter decay.
A more sensible view recognizes that the third world is the most individualistic, and that egalitarianism is individualistic; everyone wants what anyone else has, a type of “me first” phrased instead as “no one gets what I do not have,” or “no one else before me,” that is both egalitarian and innately dishonest.
Looking past the usual propaganda, it becomes clear that different cultures have different dreams, and since they experience many of the same challenges, this means that the culture arises from genetics, and the religion from this culture, since that in turn influences the language of dreams.
While democracy plunges into decay and disorder, we find ourselves reconsidering its basic assumption that all people are the same except for external influences. That is, you find an urchin and educate him and you get a genius, in democracy-speak; in reality, you can only do that with someone of high IQ, and he is probably from a wealthier background.
Having been thoroughly infected with Leftist propaganda, most conservatives will claim that “hard work” will make an urchin into a genius, which explains why conservatives are perpetually ruled by morons who have lots of degrees. They do not get as rich in office as the Leftists seem to, however, which speaks better of them.
They call it “cultural relativism” to recognize that there are differences between cultures and ethnic groups, but what they really mean is acceptance of Darwinism. There is no universal standard of humanity, we are not all equal, and we see different worlds, as is proven by what we experience in our dreams.