[Pop Gnosis] Elder Scrolls games can teach you Gnostic skills

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Jason Mehmel and Nic Lacetti explore the similarities between the mythology and metaphysics Gnosticism and the Elder Scrolls series of games. (Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim, among others!)

Continually developed, and blossoming within the game Morrowind, the Elder Scrolls suggest a metaphysics very different from a lot of other fantasy, consisting of divine beings that explore the nature of stasis and change, as well as creator figures that are either benevolent or malevolent, depending on your perspective. Not to mention, some of those divine beings seem to know they’re in a video game, and some of the mythology reflects the ‘reality’ of a video game experience.

Both the characters in the world and the real-life fans continuously debate and theorize about the nature of these mysteries. They generally assume there there is no ‘final’ answer to be gleaned; the debate is the point.

Nic and Jason reflect on that as connected to Gnostic communities and reflect on the value of discussion within the community!

Some of the stuff we mentioned in the show:

Nic’s website: www.thelightinvisible.org

That Ursula K Leguin note about escape: https://thetolkienist.com/2014/01/03/not-a-tolkien-quote-fantasy-is-escapist-and-that-is-its-glory/

link to discord thread breaking down parallels: (on the Gnostic Hub Discord) https://discord.com/channels/617284392603090974/1111048104767127634/1151827139239354388

A great article breaking down more metaphysical parallels between the in-game texts and the game itself: https://fallingawkwardly.wordpress.com/2010/08/29/the-metaphysics-of-morrowind-part-1/

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