When I completed reading THE INFORMATION GOD I was left with a very positive feeling. I like reading creative ideas and theories in science fiction novels and in this essay format. There was a hopeful note about our world from this idea sharing and I certainly resonated with some of the very clever thinking that was shared. Having an opportunity to contemplate someone’s concepts is a fun adventure for me. The book contains a direct plainness in the words that makes it easy to understand and connect with and it was not an intellectual exercise; it was prosaic.
Agadjanian is taking ones search for spiritual growth and satisfaction out of the pew, out of the ritual, and out of the rules and finding it within our contemporary society. He is saying that “GOD” is evolving and our spiritual practices are evolving. Yes, there is a small percentage of any population which needs the security of the rules and formats of historic practice in order to find their God and meet their need, but that most of the population of the globe has already left the guise and has gone beyond those parameters. GOD (I am using the term GOD here as the author defines this spirit/information and not as a kingly deity in the clouds – I think your definition would plug in very nicely too) wants us to be happy and to be connected. Just think of all the people having a sip and experiencing the pleasure of Starbuck’s coffee at this very moment, could this actually be communion?
From the Forward of the second edition: “My theory is loosely based on theories of Quantum Entanglement, The Collective Unconsciousness by Carl Jung, and Morphic Fields by Rupert Sheldrake, as well as the Theory of Feedback by my father, I. Agadjanian.”
What if GOD is all around us and it is important to each person and culture to discover it anew? Information is all around us and we can gather information at a moment’s notice; in nanoseconds actually. The Information Highway is the dominant pathway of our lives in the Western World at this time, and THE INFORMATION GOD is focused on the western world and our “success” at using these spiritual pathways. The theories explored are the following: sexuality, flowers and precious minerals and stones, food and music, games, sports, family, pictures, language, best-selling books, Modern Gods, power, Hollywood and Silicon Valley into the ‘how to’ connect with GOD sections.
I had a good laugh at the author’s references to COKE, PEPSI, and junk food and yet he made his point well. I thought he needed to spend some personal time exploring his own value programing (about age 10-12) about women’s sexuality and fashion as it was so far off the mark and the Jungian Theories and this part made me guffaw and chuckle all evening; I did figure out what he was attempting to say because I have a background in Psychology and Jungian Theory. There were several parts I found cultish and repulsive. Also lacking for me was the serious look at evil and will the poor always be with us, will the rich just get more selfish, and are the ill, marginalized and addicts just problems to be endured?
If we take on the author’s theories as good ideas to follow what are our responsibilities? I was a bit hazy about all this, though he did say he was excluding third world countries because of their regressive posturing towards information and their long journey ahead.
I do believe that we are 98% energy and only 2% matter and I greatly appreciate the author’s intentions and words. I believe that it is a thoughtful and positive look at our contemporary spiritual endeavors and a creative analysis of our progress. I think many people would enjoy reading THE INFORMATION GOD.
Aroutioun Agadjanian, the author, heard that I would like to read and review his book and sent me a KINDLE copy. Thank you I am grateful for the opportunity. I believe this book would be a great discussion starter.