Polytheism, so handily dismissed as a quaint vestige of primitive animism by entrenched establishment guardians of the waters of mass consciousness, is a loss too great for most of us to fathom. The human world suffers each and every moment, unaware of the value of its lost Pantheon of Gods. I mourn this loss, and simultaneously rejoice, safe in the knowledge that the Gods are in fact, eternal, though submerged.
Before I’m summarily dismissed (I’m sure many have left the room already), hear me out. Many of you do not know of any God, let alone multiples of them, and to you I say, these existences are a mathematical certainty. I will leave you with that. May the monotheists (and the curious) please continue to read.
Monotheists, do not fear, I am not about to topple your God, not one of your sundry Gods.
In the dim recesses of our communal past there was a time when we were deeply humbled in the knowledge of our utter lack of knowledge. With the passing of a relatively few thousand years, we have become like arrogant children, too confident in the tidbits of knowledge we have gained, and thus live blinded and crippled, led by fools and charlatans, broken spirited and defeated, and perpetually fighting foolishly among ourselves. The overblown perception of human advancement – a mostly technical advance at that – over our more primitive states, states we try hard to leave buried deep in the past, provides all the justification needed to puff out our chests in pride, and live the pretense that we are merely but a rung or two below the ineffable non plus ultra.
I beg to differ. I came somewhat late to the realization that “All is One”, and even to the realization that the One actually exists, but lateness has its advantages. Such as perspective. The difference between an ant and a human is immense, to the ant we might certainly seem godlike, but the difference between humans and the Infinite One? Please.
Ant and human are practically brethren. Plenty of room above and then some, for godlike entities, trust me. So then, why are the lesser Gods (or the loss of them) important to us today?
To approach the essence here, we must disregard much of what we think we know, and come to understand polytheism’s intrinsic implication. Citizens of cultures which tacitly accept a plurality of Gods are thus free to self-actualize, free of the type of restricting homogenized culture that Terence McKenna recognized to be “not your friend”, free to follow one’s individual muse, accepting of vast differences in opinions and life choices of one’s fellows, and live under far less obligation to conform to a particular hegemony. Nor are they castigated for their differences as individuals. In fact, under polytheism, differences would be expected, celebrated and encouraged. Should polytheism ever prevail again we would indubiously find ourselves in a far more accepting and peaceful world. Amen to that.