With the creation of a new religion comes the creation of a new god and the opportunity to claim the right to rule by the divine authority of this new God.
Different groups are working together to create the new religion and each is seeking to gain the highest possible position in the power structure of any future society.
They will be claiming to be the representatives of the new god and each will be claiming to be the rightful rulers of a new global kingdom.
Chosen by God
This is the same situation we find ourselves in today with the emergence of a new god and just like the Pharaohs our leaders are creating new myths that they can be a part of.
In ancient Japan it was usual for each clan to claim descent from a god. Japanese Emperors are considered to be descended from the kami, gods of Shinto tradition and they are said to have direct lineage to the sun-goddess Amaterasu.
The Pope claims to be the successor to Saint Peter who was personally appointed by the son of God to be his spokesman here on earth. He is the head of the Catholic Church and the spiritual leader of over 1 billion Catholics worldwide.
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United States of America
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The myth of George Washington is one of virtue and freedom and it's these ideals that the followers of this modern-day deity are taught to have faith in. They are seen as values to be cherished by all, no matter what faith or cultural origins. George Washington is seen as a hero to the people of the US and it's this cult of the hero that's playing it's part in the formation of the new religion.
The New Gods
The new religion aims to replace Christianity and it's idea of God. It sees the biblical version of God as being old-fashioned and superstitious and is replacing him with a newer, modern version. An idea of God that people can accept as being in line with their current thinking.
The God of the new religion is one that is inside of Man and not external to him. We can reach him through meditation and he is being praised and satisfied by gifts of selfishness. We are being taught to worship ourselves, to become our own hero and to become our own god.
And when Man becomes his own god there will be those who see themselves as being the most important gods of all. The gods who were responsible for shaping Humanity.
This sudden change in social interaction can lead to problems. The introduction of new technologies can be unpredictable and the knock-on effects of their use are often not foreseen. The industrial revolution not only brought advancements for humanity, it also brought disease caused by unsuitable living conditions, and a rise in child labour because of poorly designed work spaces.
Society suffered because of the lack of a suitable infra-structure to cope with the new technology and lessons have to be learned. The new technological revolution needs to be managed and the groundwork has to be prepared for it's full introduction.
This requires the help and co-operation of the companies that develop the new technologies and those that will benefit from their introduction. The heads of these corporations are willing to help but they want a return on their investment. They want a seat at the top table.
The Mandate of Heaven and the New Rulers
Similar to the European Divine Right of Kings is the Chinese philosophy of The Mandate of Heaven. Both claim to legitimize rule by divine authority. However, whilst the Divine Right says that the people can not overthrow the ruler chosen by God no matter how bad their actions, the Mandate of Heaven says differently.
The Mandate of Heaven says that a ruler who is unjust will lose the authority of God. If he is overthrown and removed from power and is replaced by a new ruler, this is seen as proof of the mandate. God's authority would then be transferred to the new, fairer ruler. This allowed for one tribe to conquer another and to claim legitimate rule over them.
With Man being taught to become his own god, anyone who wants to rule by the will of God will have to do so by the will of Man. By the will of the people. We will have to give them, or appear to give them our blessing.
And anyone who wants to replace the current rulers using a modern version of the Mandate of Heaven will have to claim that the gods, us, have given their approval to do so, as the present rulers have been cruel and unjust.
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People are being taught to become heroes and with advancements in modern technology we are being prepared for a future when Man and machine combine and we will transcend our normal human capabilities.
We will become our very own super-heroes and the new rulers will be the most powerful super-heroes of all. The ones with the best gadgets. The ones with the best technology.