Religion and the concept of assimilation

Did you ever notice know how a lot of religions talk about oneness or unity with “God”, or seem to revolve around the concept of assimilation? This concept of assimilation refers to the idea of the assimilation of the individual soul with “God” or a higher consciousness, or in some cases merging all individual consciousnesses into one greater consciousness or super-intelligence. Yep, I don’t like it one bit.

This assimilation naturally means the dissolution of ego and selfhood and entering a state of no identity, individuality, or self. Which would suck royally if you ask me. And yet not only do most religions (or at least what nearly all of what we call right-hand-path religions) shill this concept seemingly non-stop, but we keep buying into it for some reason.

In Christianity, one way of seeing heaven is a place where all are united with “God”, and given the god of the Bible, that doesn’t sound like a good thing at all. Hell, Jesus and other Biblical figures are sometimes referred to as shepherds, leading “flocks” or sheep. Some Christians in the modern world world embrace the idea of eternal unity with “God” while trying to replace Hell with either eternal death or eternal separation from “God” depending on who you ask, since as we all know each Christian seems to interpret their own holy book wildly differently (how else do we have 30,000+ denominations of the same faith).

This is just the Christian heaven.

In Buddhism, the goal is to attain enlightenment, exit the cycle of death and rebirth, and reach a state called Nirvana. This often involves the dissolution of the ego, desire, and self, and Nirvana is often a place where an existence without suffering or desire is the highest happiness. It’s similar in Hinduism, where the goal is to remove ego, self, and desire and attain unity with “God” (or Brahman), the key difference being Hinduism generally believes in a God of some sort while Buddhism almost always does not.

The term “nirvana” means “blown out”, in the context of a candle fire being blown out. The fire here refers to desire.

Many New Agers believe that there will come a time where all individual consciousnesses merge into a “greater consciousness”, and they believed this date was December 21st 2012. They even went out of their way to interpret this as what happens at the end of the Mayan calender. Flash foward Dec 21st last year, and we all know what happened instead (read: nothing at all).

“Feels like I’m wearing nothing at all! Nothing at all! Nothing at all!”

Similar to the New Age idea is a transhumanist belief that we should merge into one super-intelligence.

The point is, the idea of assimiliation is overrated, and while other people managed to believe it, I don’t. How is submitting the self to a “higher” power or consciousness any different to conforming to a mass of people? The submission of the self to some “God”, or the merging of all souls into one consciousness is the ultimate form of conformity, because you are conforming to “God” himself, or to the very universe itself, rather than having a self. To extinguish the self is the ultimate form of self-denial, because you are negating your own self. And I can’t agree to that philosophy.

If pop culture is right, then most of religion is this.

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