We live in a world in which many people feel a dark sense of foreboding. In Western European countries where we have experienced better times within living memory, there is a perception that in certain key respects our lives have been deteriorating progressively for several decades.
In material terms we appear to be better off than ever before and yet the material benefits themselves do not seem to adequately compensate for less welcome changes and the sense that somehow our civilisation is in decay. Also, our greater awareness of environmental and demographic factors creates the feeling that we are ‘living beyond our means’ and beyond the means of our planet to sustain indefinitely. We are told that mankind is already consuming natural resources at a rate faster than our planet can renew and therefore there exists a sense of guilt even in our enjoyment of our apparently greater material wealth.
The rise of rationalism and science as the sources of human wisdom, and the marginalisation of traditional Western religious beliefs, as witnessed by the decline in Christian religious adherence, are signs of a decline in the spiritual health of our people. Our place in the world, our place in time and any sense of purpose in life have become blurred as religious belief has declined, to be replaced by a soulless philosophy based on individuality, liberalism, materialism and personal self-gratification.
Despite our release from previous religious constraints and despite all of our attempts to submerge ourselves in lives of hedonistic pleasure, we still see all around us growing signs of social decay and dysfunction. In the West higher rates of social dysfunction manifest now than at almost any other time in living memory: higher rates of delinquency; higher rates of violent crime; higher rates of drug and alcohol abuse; higher rates of prostitution; higher rates child physical and sexual abuse; higher rates of mental illness; and higher rates of suicide.
We sense that even our apparent growing material wealth cannot continue. We live in a world of finite resources and one of uncontrolled population growth and already we are informed that for the whole of humanity to enjoy a standard of living equivalent to that enjoyed in advanced Western countries, we will need several planet earths to provide the natural resources required. Obviously therefore, such a state of worldwide parity with Western living standards is impossible, unless someone devises a new almost magic means of conjuring wealth and energy out of nothing or discovers some as yet unknown and limitless source of energy and raw materials that such parity would require.
Increasingly, we stumble from one crisis to another, only to find that corrupt and inept governments fail us, both in terms of managing the present and in terms of providing for the challenges of the future. All too often our political leaders are shown to be people without vision, lacking any coherent mission and completely devoid of moral scruples. Even when they are not corrupt at the outset, they become corrupted by the spiritual wasteland that our world has become, choosing to enjoy the power and wealth that political office confers, with no real care for the direction we are taking.
Traditionally the role of religion has been to provide a ‘glue’ holding communities together, to regulate people’s lives, set moral boundaries and give them a sense of belonging to something or some cause that is greater than them and which gives their lives direction and meaning. Increasingly however, the scriptures have come to be seen as mere folk tales of at best symbolic value. Creation stories have been shown to be at variance with modern scientific opinion regarding the origins of the Universe and religious strictures have been revealed as arbitrary constraints of little significance in the modern age. Belief in Christianity in particular, is at an all-time low among Western nations.
We live lives of apparently growing material wealth, but in a spiritual, moral and ethical wasteland in which life has no apparent purpose – values are apparently subjective, transient and illusory. Friedrich Nietzsche declared in 1882 that “God is dead”, but what is to become of us if the vacuum left by the demise of the Christian God is not filled by something else?
Today, most intelligent people reject traditional religions as aberrant pre-modern belief systems. Simply put, traditional religions appear to be assemblages of mythic stories propounding belief in anthropomorphic Gods, whose existence is seen to be preposterous in the modern age. Some religions, such a Buddhism assert as the ultimate goal in life the achievement of a state of inner peace, which can only be achieved through a renunciation of self and of one’s natural urges.
In short, traditional religions fail to provide a credible explanation of: who we are; how we got where we are today; how we relate to the rest of creation; and what purpose there is in life, in a way that connects with the restless, Faustian spirit of Western man and our instinctive ethnocentricity.
They fail to provide a complete cosmology – a mythical account of the universe as it presents itself to the human mind that is at once poetic, symbolic, and inspiring a sense of awe and mystery. Furthermore, they fail to explain the nature of the universe, human society, and the individual’s place therein.
Traditional cosmologies describe an ideal, utopian state towards which the world ought to gravitate – a state of ‘Nirvana’ or the attainment of the ‘Kingdom of God on Earth’. However, modern life is characterised by rapid change and continual growth in complexity, which is incompatible with such a pre-established end-point, and so we find ourselves without bearings, accelerating towards the unknown.
Without a basic symbolic understanding of the modern world and modern humanity’s place in it, people experience conflict between their expectations and what they observe and experience. This mismatch between traditional cosmology and contemporary actuality is alienating and consequently, the modern world is frequently perceived as chaotic, meaningless, declining or collapsing.
A modern cosmology therefore needs to be focused on underlying process rather than structure, on dynamism rather than stasis. If people are able to achieve an understanding of the evolutionary nature of the Universe, then their experience of change will make sense. People will feel ‘at home’ in the world and broadly optimistic about the future.
Primal Fellowship addresses people of White Western heritage and promotes an evolving belief system that meets the requirements of a complete cosmology, and which we hope will re-inspire current and future generations. Our world view combines an understanding of our past, with an appreciation of the challenges of the present, and with an inspiring vision of the future. Furthermore, it rekindles our belief in ourselves — in our abilities, our virtue and our worth – and in so doing, it enables us to face the future with greater focus, greater determination, and with greater confidence and optimism than ever before.
It is our sincere hope that this website will provide a focus that will help you find truth, and fellowship among like-minded people, and will provide for you, a guiding light towards your own spiritual fulfilment. More than this however, our hope is that Primal Fellowship will inspire future generations and spawn a mass movement capable of changing the World and becoming the instrument of our people’s salvation.