The Digital Sublime

Spirituality in the technological age. 

**Note: if you haven't read Parts 1-3, start here

 

What is the Digital Sublime? 

"The Digital Sublime" is a new kind of sublime in relation to our current ever expanding technological advances. It is faith in the human race and our achievements, and faith that the things we create will give us much more than we could hope for. Enlightenment. Is it possible? Every day we get closer, evolving and advancing to a higher plane of understanding. Our technologies are rapidly growing. We are getting smarter, faster, and more driven. 

 

If there is a divine purpose to life, and especially our lives as humans, then perhaps we are on the brink of understanding. Thinking about how much we have learnt over just the past century is absolutely startling. It just keeps getting better! Physicists, engineers, artists, we are all producing new and exciting results that could not have previously been possible. Specifically with regards to computers and the internet, virtual reality and other technologies, the doors have been flung wide open and we haven’t even stepped through yet. 

 

I have enormous faith in us. We create, we are creators, and it is inevitable that our creations should guide and teach us, they are a reflection of their makers. With both successes and failures we learn and we grow. This is one of the most important parts of the creative process. But it’s the breakthroughs of today that will become commonplace tomorrow, and so on and so forth until we begin to lead fully enriched lives that we have tailored to our needs and wants as individuals. One of the most important and primordial needs that we possess is the urge to know our origins, and to find some sort of purpose to our lives. The universal human mysteries are mysteries for a reason. We are driven by them. We strive to fill the incompleteness of our knowledge about who we are and why we are here.

 

I am for an art that values spirituality, and I am not ashamed of it. 

The world right now needs a sort of spiritual medicine, we need to feel hope and purpose in an age where its too easy to feel alone.

 

Further Reading: Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari