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QUANTUM ANIMISM

Post-modern adepts call it quantum animism. Well, whatever one wants to call it, it is basically animism in the post-Einsteinian era, An advocacy of this type of animism only proves that animism is still around and far from dying out. In fact, I’m of the opinion that it will never die but only take a different form in every historic generation with a renewed strength to take hold of the mental frameworks of people.

Basic in this post-modern type of animism is the traditional presence of powerful forces in practically all aspects of material objects. So that there is really no pure matter but a convergence of the tangible and the intangible in every material manifestation. Traditional animism calls these powerful forces “spirits”; quantum animism calls them “energies”. Calling them spirits or energies is no big deal at all. What is significant is, they are forces that project power. And they don’t just come out of nowhere. Their existence is guided by historicity. In other words, history guides the emergence of these powerful forces, these energies, and a material object acquires them within a certain period of historic accumulation. Again, this is a situation wherein matter meets mind and gets to a level of being where a material object could exude an aura of power because of the historic accumulation that has taken place in its condition of being experienced in space and time by sentient beings endowed not only with consciousness but also with self-consciousness.

Making these seemingly non-living and unconscious material entities parts of one’s experience and putting into them values of endearment develop into a certain degree of attachment between the valuing individual and the valued objects. In the process, essential changes occur both ways: in the person of the one who values and in the substance of the thing valued. In a more popular way of reflecting on this issue, human cultural apparatus has developed the notion of an object’s “sentimental value”. In a deeper sense, it is this valuation that endows a material object power. In the final analysis, we say that this material thing has acquired and is hence packed with energies that in turn affect people who get in contact with it and establish their own relationship with the said material object.

In the light of this view, material objects are not absolutely lifeless for energies–like the spirits of olden days–produce life. Hence, material objects are alive and active and can even influence human consciousness. By and large, this view sustains the belief that nothing actually dies in this world but only takes a new form still packed with energies and still actively participating in the warp and woof of life, accumulating more energies in the spatio-temporal condition of being and continually affecting the minds of people.

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