Infinispace Glossary: Transcendentalists

Transcendentalists

The Mortalist and Transcendentalist belief systems arose as a gradual collision of ideas and values between human factions during the ~250 years between the beginning of the Digital Dark Age (2043 CE) and the end of the Second Renaissance (2310 CE/0 DE). In the early years of the Digital Dark Age religion and spiritualism saw a massive resurgence in popularity as humanity latched on to age old survival mechanisms to cope with the decline of human society. As conditions improved over the decades, and with Ascension breaking it’s silence and uplifting humanity into a Second Renaissance, many re-embraced technological advancement … including the improvement of the “human condition” through bodily modification. This embracement of technology accelerated as humanity move out to the stars.

Transcendentalists are those who believe that existing in a mortal state is devolutionary, stunts progress, and will lead to societal stagnation. Age death is a natural process that should be interrupted at all cost. They eschew spiritual immortality, believing it to be nonsensical superstition. They believe death of the body is eventually inevitable, but death of the mind is not.

They further believe that a human’s inherent survivability is directly correlated with their sense of immortality and intellectual transcendence. As long as one believes their life can be extended, one will reach progressive enlightenment, making society holistically superior. Transcendentalists believe Mortalists are backwards, superstitious to the point of self sabotage, and exist solely to hold back society as a whole.

This difference of philosophy eventually leads to the Transcendence War (2300-2310 CE).

Faction: Transcendentalists
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