What IS real?

As discussed more elaborately in part 2, humans act and interact based on imagined orders created within their minds. I came to realize in part 3 that money, empires/political order, and religion are all imagined orders that have resulted in the unification of humankind. For humankind to become unified, the world by no means is responsible for creating one unified culture with worldwide rules, language, currency etc., yet is responsible for allowing unlimited cultures and “mini-worlds” to co-exist.

Money is crucial to the advancement of globalisation. We unify humankind by exchanging ideas, discoveries, as well as exchanging goods. We become better learned when we listen and think about these new ideas, just as we can better our lives with new foods and technologies newly presented to us. Since the concept of money is an imagined order humans have the ability to give it its power. Money does not discriminate and can leap any cultural gap allowing it to be one of the most universally powerful systems. Empires later formed as aggressive leaders found that by dominating smaller groups power and glory would be gained. As they did digest these smaller cultures, the conquered would revolt due to lesser status creating the circumstances for cultural change. Empires grew so quickly, but also were constantly changing and moving allowing them to be successful in the practice of unification. Another reason that these empires were so successful is because of faith in religion amongst an empire’s commoners. Since religion is an imagined order, it is the job of the emperor to conform their followers to a single religion/culture. This installation provided many leaders with the justification behind their leadership by commending an all powerful God for sending them to lead the population. This justification gave the leaders a sense of legitimacy as well as the power to standardise and unify the population amongst common beliefs. 

Today religions of communism, capitalism, liberalism, etc develop and flourish among modern imperial cultures. After reading about each imagined order it is easy to see how the unification of humankind itself is an imagined order. As soon as a majority of populations start to question or disagree one of the ideas we may be propelled forward into an entirely new dimension of imagined orders, just as the early empires were.

3 thoughts on “What IS real?

  1. I appreciate that you made a reference to part 2 and what it was about to start the conversation on part 3. The connection you made between them about how part 2 explained the concepts and part 3 displayed how those concepts played out was interesting. I also found your idea of mini worlds coexisting to be interesting, because it explains the idea of unification without implying there has to be one standard across the globe as you specified. Your saying of “money does not discriminate” to explain the imagined order of money and how the idea of currency in itself unified people gives a neat perspective too. Overall, I think you brought up some unique viewpoints and your post was well written.

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  2. Great analysis. I like how you specified the meaning of humankind, in defining it as becoming unified as human beings and co-existence rather than unified cultures and beliefs. The unification of mankind is, in fact, an imagined order and despite all the war and suffering throughout history, it has in the long run created a better world in the sense of learning from our mistakes. People decide their own fate, and as you stated, mass populations can propel certain ideas forward by agreeing or disagreeing with them, and that’s how our culture and society has been shaped over the course of thousands of years.

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  3. I like your descriptions of the three unifiers as imagined however I’m not positive that political ideologies like communism and capitalism are considered religions. I do think it is interesting to see the religious impacts on these ideologies but I do not believe they are inherently religious. The part where you described religions as legitimizing is especially poignant when looking at conquests and crusades.

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