One way to think about religions, following Kathryn Lofton, is to say that they are declarations about the way the world was, is, or should be.
One way to think about religions, following Kathryn Lofton, is to say that they are declarations about the way the world was, is, or should be. They often provide myths or manifestos to elaborate the seclaims. In this spirit, write your own manifesto. What do you think is the main problem with the world,or with politics, or with religion, or with culture, or with kids these days? What would make for abetter future? Is there hope for the future or are we all doomed? For this question, write a 1.5-page manifesto of your choosing. This is your chance to stake a claim to the future, like Marx, Haraway, Anzaldúa or one of the other myths we’ve read. This is a short manifesto, so you’ll want to be specific. Then, in ~1.5 additional pages, briefly analyze your manifesto the way Edmund Leach analyzes “myths”—what binaries does your manifesto produce? What forms of “mediation” does it offer? What does your manifesto reveal about the state of the world (or some smaller part of the world that it discusses) and how you see it?