Ásentír

Ásentír (pronounced Eh-Sen-Teer) is a religious framework for belief, traditional in the sense of drawing on ancient ideas, but modern in that it demands rigorous compatibility with scientific evidence. Ásentír is the ideal of the Ajati, and as such it is a Transhumanist philosophy designed to perfectly complement the political philosophy of Social Futurism.

To understand Ásentír, first you must understand the origin and meaning of the word itself. “Ásentír”
refers to the ancient paganism of Northern Europe, specifically the Aesir (Asen) and Týr (Tir, Tiw). In doing so, the term is deliberately evocative of Asatru, or the “Faith of the Aesir”. The “gods” of Ásentír are not supernatural creatures, however, but are rather metaphorical or poetic personifications of quantifiable forces beyond the human. Such forces range from natural abstractions such as the laws of physics or emergent phenomena in complex systems, to artificially engineered phenomena and processes, through to the Posthuman Ajati themselves. In other words, adherents respect reality and science, and strive to become as gods themselves, through technology.

Furthermore, Ásentír is a form of Monolatry or Henotheism, which is to say that the many Ásen are conceived of as myriad aspects of a single unifying entity or principle. That “God” is called Tír, referring not only to the Germanic god of that name (whose name is cognate with Zeus, Jupiter etc, stemming from Dyēus, the ancient Proto-Indo-European “sky father” and “king of the gods”), but also to the unifying cosmic principles of Tat (Hinduism), Tao and Te (Taoism).

In sum, the worldview presented by Ásentír is one in which:

  • People work together to become more than human.
  • The universe is conceived of as being filled with dynamic, interweaving processes and forces.
  • The community is held together by a common ideal representing law and honour.