Slave Adorers of the Virgin

Virgin is totality of all that exists, both material universe and spiritual universe which emanates from material universe. Virgin because without blemish, beyond good and evil and all other dualities which emanate from her original unity. Also called Mother Nature or the Goddess.

Primacy of matter over spirit cannot be proved but rather is the fundamental article of faith of the Sons of the Virgin religion. "Am I a man who remembers dreaming he was a butterfly, or a butterfly who is dreaming he is a man who remembers dreaming he was a butterfly?"—no way to know the correct answer. Brain in a vat thought experiment: Remove human brain, place in a vat of circulating blood and other fluids necessary to sustain life, connect nerves to computer by wires, send electrical pulses from computer to brain (afferent nerves) to simulate material world, update simulation based on electrical pulses sent from brain to computer (efferent nerves). Further extension of thought experiment replaces brain with neural network inside computer. No way to prove human consciousness is not the result of such a computer simulation.

Purely material entities (inanimate objects, plants, animals) are Daughters of the Virgin. Purely spiritual entities are Sons of the Virgin. Humans are a mixture of matter (body and soul, or lower part of the nervous system, which is the living spark in animate beings) and spirit (mind or higher nervous system), and are thus Hermaphodite Offspring of the Virgin, to be precise. However, since spirit dominates in humans, humans can also be classified as Sons of the Virgin.

All entities are Slave of the Virgin because laws of the universe (laws of physics) ultimately determine everything that happens in both material and spiritual universes. In humans, proud spirit asserts its independence of matter ("free will"). However, put to the test, spirit reveals its impotence. At most, spirit can make errors, such as committing suicide when there is no present or future anticipated bodily pain to justify such an action (since the Virgin contains all dualities, such a suicide is both error and not error from her perspective).

To adore the Virgin is to accept, as an article of faith, the primacy of matter over spirit. Adoration of the Virgin implies that satisfaction of bodily desires is our ultimate purpose in life, and that spirit is merely a means to that end. (Increasing bodily pain / reducing bodily pleasure in the short run so as to reduce bodily pain / increase bodily pleasure in the long run is compatible with adoration of the Virgin, as is spiritual pain as a way of bringing about such postponement of gratification.) Alternative terminology: "Adoration of the Virgin" = "Goddess worship", "Adorer of the Virgin" = "Goddess worshipper".

To execrate the Virgin is to deny, as an article of faith, the primacy of the material world in general and the body in particular and thus to elevate spirit above matter. Extreme execration of the Virgin causes figurative "head swelling" (since spirit resides in the outer cortex of the brain) or depression, which is treated by "head shrinkers" (psychologists) and other forms of grounding (bringing spirit back into contact with life-giving matter or "earth"). If Shiva represents spirit (or son of the Virgin) and Shakti is the Virgin herself or one of her daughters, then Shiva without Shakti can be said to be a lifeless corpse.

Humans who adore the Virgin are Slave Adorers of the Virgin, those who execrate her are Slave Execrators of the Virgin, those who neither adore nor execrate her (the ignorant masses) are merely Slaves of the Virgin.

Princes (sometimes called Gods, though this term is discouraged because of the traditional and wrong view that there is one God who is superior to the Virgin, sometimes called the Goddess) are moral codes, religions, philosophies of life, cultures and traditions, together with the personifications of the same. Princes of Light increase happiness. Princes of Darkness decrease happiness. A Prince of Light for one person under one set of circumstances may be a Prince of Darkness for another person or under different circumstances. Thus Yahweh may be a Prince of Light for some, a Prince of Darkness for others, and likewise for Satan. When we replace one moral code or religion or philosophy of life with another, we transfer allegiance from one Prince to another, or we can follow multiple Princes simultaneously. (If we follow multiple Princes and they offer conflicting advice about what to do in a particular situation, we eventually have to choose between them.)

Princes can be either Adorers or Execrators of the Virgin. Prince Adorers of the Virgin put the interests of the individual over those of society, increase attachment to life and its pleasures and consequently increase physical cowardice, are detrimental to the long-run interests of society in conditions in which physical courage is supremely valuable (age of hand-to-hand warfare), are beneficial to the long-run interests of society in conditions where physical courage is of little importance (age of technological warfare). The opposite for Prince Execrators of the Virgin. (What is good for society is usually also good for the individual, partly because the individual's fate is usually tied with that of society, partly because society usually persecutes individuals who do give priority to the interests of society. Thus a Prince can be any of the four combinations of Light versus Darkness, Adorer versus Execrator of the Virgin. For example, for much of history, Yahweh/Allah religions were Princes of Light but also Execrators of the Virgin.)