In the first season of the TV show “Silicon Valley”, we met a character named Peter Gregory who is a venture capitalist able to generate millions by speculating on the relationship between cicadas and sesame seeds. Peter Gregory is widely considered to be based on either Paul Graham, Peter Thiel, or both. Both of these real life venture capitalists speak in quite unique ways that at first seem a bit confusing. And interestingly enough both Thiel and Graham promote two very similar lines of thought:
What idea do you hold that you hesitant to share with your peers? – Graham
Tell me something that is true that very few people agree with you on. – Thiel
They posit, that it is these ideas that can at times be the most fruitful, important, and that we all keep such things tucked away in our heads.
Well I am going to risk telling my idea here for all to read, because while it is a bit risky, if you example the video below, I think you will find that it makes sense.
I don’t particularly believe in any supernatural thing, yet I believe that religion is important, complicated, and wildly misunderstood. It is inextricably linked to our culture, true life experience, or gestalt. I believe this so strongly that I promote a secular view of religion.
Being in information technology and having studied humanities and the philosophy of religion also informs how I see these ideas. It is why I am a secular blockchain/cryptocurrency evangelist. I believe that we should start allowing some organizations to claim church-hood along with existing religious organizations. I see great benefit in using a common opened ledger. Rather than spending too much energy convincing you of the merits of this argument, I would encourage you to listen to the words of a complicated thinker who very much reminds me of Peter Gregory, Paul Graham, or Peter Thiel. As a systems architect, I see everything as a system and I see a way to bring great transparency and accountability into one’s civic experience, regardless of his or her belief, or lack of belief.
Charles Taylor has been involved in politics, economics, and philosophy. In his ponderous tome “A Secular Age” he promotes a worldview were I see myself right alongside people who call themselves traditionally religious. Although he doesn’t mention it in the speech below, his “Immanent Frame” offers more than enough intellectual fire-power to fill in the blanks needed anchor a universal, indisputable sort of secular religious currency. This works for both the religious and the secular and allows us a common order, a shared record, and even a common way to respond to a national crisis in a fast and indisputable way.
And if you still are curious about how these puzzle pieces fit together, I strongly recommend getting a copy of “Gardens of Democracy”. Taylor’s arguments very much remind me of a “Garden Brain” where society is to be tended to grow in a healthy and prosperous way: