Why Are We Worshiping the Sky? The Fall of Religion and the Rise of Astrology
I’m a little late on today’s article. I had some stuff going on this morning and wasn’t able to get done my usual 8:00 am post. Tomorrow’s article will be up at the normal time. Not that it makes much of a difference at this point anyway. Oh well.
I had an interesting thought just now. We live in a time where people are phasing out religion. Very few young people go to church and those who do follow religious teachings on their own terms. Almost no one is devout anymore. They all half believe in their own pseudo versions of religion that involves all of the sin that they can cram into a weekend. People don’t go to church on Sundays or temple on Fridays anymore. Christ, I don’t even go on holidays anymore. Even the worst Christians go on Easter and Christmas and I’ve dropped that act altogether. People think they are too smart for religion. They view the bible as made up. It was written by men and how can men speak for a god that none of us normal red-blooded human beings have never heard from? There is no good answer to that. Whenever we hear someone say god spoke to them we immediately want to diagnose them with schizophrenia.
We as a society are beginning to think of ourselves as beyond religion. Good for you. Go ahead and pat yourselves on the back… or you know…maybe hold off on that for a minute.
Yes, we have traded in our religion, but I would not say that we have evolved beyond it. I would go further as to say that we may have even regressed away from it. No, we as a society do not worship Jesus with the same vigor of previous generations. We have, however, begun to worship the sky like an enormous tribe of cave dwellers.
You see, in a where Jesus holds little meaning to the masses, Astrology has grown exponentially. No, Astrology is not a religion, and astrologists would go as far as to call it a science–It’s not. It’s absolutely not a science. But anyway, let’s stay on task.
Astrology is not a religion, but for many people, Astrology has filled the void previously filled by religions like Islam and Christianity. Astrology gives people a sense of stability in their lives the same way that belief in god does. Astrology allows us to feel like greater things control our destinies than ourselves. It allows us to feel a sense of purpose like religion does. Each sign comes with a list of meaningless attributes that are so vague that they apply to every human on earth. If my signs weren’t correct, then how come I’m so pragmatic and logic-driven? I
The truth about astrology is that it plays on human’s inherent insecurities. People were designed to want a sense of belonging. We don’t want to think of ourselves as meaningless. Religion made us feel loved by a divine entity. Astrology allows us to believe that our futures are carved out by the stars. What could make you feel more special than that? We all have this narcissistic tendency to think of ourselves as the hero to our own story, and what fits that idea more than our destiny being foretold by the planets?
People have grown tired of hearing about salvation and everlasting life, and have instead opted to worship the sky. Before there was a bible, Mohamed, Moses, or Jesus, Human beings worshiped the stars. Need proof? Google the Mayans Wikipedia. We have reverted to a time before religion. We look to the stars and the sun and the moon for answers the same way our ancestors did 20,000 years ago.
Eventually, I foresee us telling stories based on these images in the sky. Stories about gods who control the moon and the stars and the oceans and the mountains. We will probably build massive monuments to these gods and worship them until they are consolidated into one god and the whole cycle goes and repeats itself.
I’m too tired to flesh this one out anymore. It needs more digging but that sounds exhausting…