It's the age of anti-news, an abnormal pause in an era in which not much was happening anyway.
We shouldn't waste this opportunity for important reflection.
Religion exists for a simple reason: to promise safety against the infinite number of things that could and eventually must go wrong. Or as I like to call it, the Torture Problem, the dark heart of the Tortureverse.
Ultimately, the only problem in reality is the inability to commit suicide. So the first rule is that there should be no such thing as involuntary existence. More fundamental than the Golden Rule is this ultimate law of non-existence (though all laws will eventually be broken).
Under the grim tenets of Malism
, this seems like an impossible goal, and is therefore religious in nature.
It would have to be an anthropic religion, and secular.
The problem with gods is that (logically speaking) most god-level minds must be as stupid as they are immense.
Imagine the list of all possible minds. Almost all these minds would be infinite themselves. Virtually all such minds must also be infinitely defective: almost but not quite random, just minimally conscious of themselves, and who knows of what uniquely meaningless perceptions. There are simply too many things that can go wrong.
Interestingly, there can be no highest mind. If you try to extrapolate mind sizes and scopes, the trends seem to diverge forever.
An anthropic religion would try to invent universal principles to make the impossible possible.
I've already bored readers for years about concepts like the law of maximum connectivity, the gray fog theory, anthropic offramps, etc.
Due to their unavoidable vagueness, such notions are ultimately religious in nature.
The first step would be to deal with that pesky fear of death that most religions already share. That means encouraging the development of mind backup
My best guess on how to start would be to try to create an endless moment
A full mental description of a human-level mind which remembers an endless past, complete with memories of having already had this exact same thought, innumerable eons ago. A memory fractal of eternal recurrence.
It's going to be a long project.