Listening to a channel called Rebel Wisdom I heard a term called the alternative narrative. This I imagine are the streams of perceptions that flow outside the main river of the accepted media/central authority narrative. (or perhaps another conclusion from a Hollywood movie?) I feel like since mainstream western civilisation disengaged the church they have been searching for a definitive truth so that people could feel confident in their belief systems. (IE – Capitalism, Socialism etc) Another term mentioned was the potency of certainty. (power of confidence?)
There are many streams and tributaries man has been travelling down for centuries using countless mediums of thought. In the past religion brought people the comfort of certainty and those who shared common beliefs naturally congregated together. Has anything really changed? We still are drawn towards those who think similarly to us and share the same core beliefs. However we seem more disjointed and in disunity than ever before. Like the metaphor of the water cycle you could be forgiven for thinking that once they all combine in the ocean, get evaporated and then precipitate back on land the same philosophies get recycled or morph into a new ideas and end up in the many streams of thinking again. (Although generations might pass between iterations)
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. (the ocean)
For this world’s wisdom is foolishness (absurdity and stupidity) with God, for it is written, He lays hold of the wise in their [own] craftiness;