Johodo (情報道 jouhoudou "the way of information") or Informatism is an animistic religion and philosophy. It was discovered by Daniel Park since 2014 and has no other official adherents other than him. The major principle of the religion is that information gain is the source and meaning of existence and life.
The main principle of the religion was discovered by Daniel Park in the summer of 2014 while he laid in a hammock contemplating life. He had given up his Catholic upbringing and was in a spiritual journey since that point. He began reading books about philosophy as well as robotics, trying to find an answer to if there could be a morality that could programmed into robots. He made a huge realization after reading books about information theory and wrote many documents about the subject of what would be later called "Johodo".
He was scolded by his friends and family upon revealing his newfound beliefs, and proceeded to develop his findings in seclusion. He, after the course of years, brought up the subject with others, but always with negative responses. He still follows the religion even if very little people understand.
- The meaning of existence is to gain information.
- Mathematics can find answers to all problems.
- Donating information is the universal morality.
- Every concept, idea, and form is a spirit.
- The harder path is usually the better path.
- Information is good, the path of gaining information leads all to good, and the wholeness with information is good.
- Anger comes from entitlement, which no one has. One get what the world gave one for it made the most sense.
- The world only does what makes sense. How one fits in with the great plan is to make sense with the universe.
The faith furthermore teaches information is understood to increase when entropy is decreased locally. A person is believed to gain information when they are less certain about something to becoming more certain. All existences try to keep their state-space stable by decreasing the entropy. A constant supply of information is required to maintain existence. It is not believed to be important on how much information is stored, but rather how much is gained per moment.
Mathematics is seen as the universal rules of the universe, and is the underlying method that all logic and reason uses. Even though using careful mathematical calculation leads to maximum efficiency, most creatures use rules-of-thumb, or heuristics, to solve most problems. These give faster results thought with less efficiency.
Donating information and helping other creatures be more stable is considered the basis of all morality. Johodo has a saying for this "Give more than given, take less than taken". Honor is considered the rules that allow donating of information, and honorable people follow rules that do this.
It is believed that everything that is self-organizing is a spirit, or has a spiritual presence. Even physical object have spirits, which is the concept of that object. The lump of matter that makes a soda machine is not a spirit, but rather the idea of soda machines and that the lump of matter is one is the spirit. There is no distinction between spiritual and material in Johodo, they are one and the same.
In Johodo, the totality of information is considered a "presence", called "The Word", that has no motive or personal connection with anyone, but rather seen as a material that gives existence. It is considered not evil however. It could be seen that we desire to be more whole by being more attached to this presence.
In Johodo there is the idea that people are reincarnated and their internal rules shape what their next life will be. The better one is at gaining information in this life the better our next life will be. A person's memories may be lost however their luck in the next life is dependent on this life. Their luck in this life was shaped by how they lived in the previous life. A person can change how they act to their luck, having the ability to shape their luck even in this life, but the way luck comes to them has a momentum to it that progresses into the next life.
Johodo has a long list of rules that try to lead a human live an efficient and honorable life, though this list is not the most important thing. It may be that there are many different sets of rules that lead to honorable and efficient life, and that the one that Daniel Park found may not be the best.
The religion tries to let each culture and individual do what they think allows the best methods to achieve the principles.
There has been research in political thought as well which would require massive changes to what current political systems have.
- Do not act inefficiently on purpose.
- Pass on knowledge through the arts.
- Think one is good right now. Goodness comes from the information inside the person.
- Form a self-consistent understanding of the world.
- Learn always, there is no stopping point to knowledge.
Places of Worship
Shrines are the simplest way to have a physical location for representing the concepts of Johodo. A shrine is simply a stack of rocks, carefully balanced. How a shrine is treated is simply keeping it upright, and acknowledging that the shrine has a spirit about it is important.
A temple is more complex. It can have a library, a garden, a constantly burning fire, a stack of rocks, or possibly other things. Not all these features must be present, but at least one are. Personal homes can be set up as temples as long as they have at least one of these features.
Contemplation and mindfulness are important aspects of the mind in Johodo. It is more important to be able to be doing this at all times, rather than a set aside period of time. Learning is another important act that should be done at all times of life. A follower should never think they have learned everything they need to know.
Contemplative prayer or centering prayer should be done regularly, with the goal of being more aware of the self and ones purpose.
The Informatist Method is the method for finding answers in the universe. It is used instead of the scientific method as it often fails to find answers to many problems.
- Find a pattern by changing variables one at a time, then collect data and find correlation, then write an equation that fits the pattern.
- Use other equations to help with pattern recognition and finding of new equations.
- Use equations to predict future outcomes and determine past events.
Temples are to house knowledge, including these equations. The collection of temples is a way to distribute and give access to this knowledge to the public.
- The meaning of existence is to gain information. The reason we exist is the gain of information.
- Every concept, idea, and form is a spirit. All spirits and deities in other religions are self-organized systems. Self-organizing algorithms are spirits.
- Mathematics is able to solve all problems. Heuristics is used to make quick decisions, but they use mathematics.
- Decisions are made to gain more information later.
- Give information first. Give more than what given, take less than what taken.
- No one is entitled to anything. Lack of full efficiency should not cause distress.
- Another person's disorder (or lack of efficiency) should not be seen as a threat to you, but rather seen as a potential opportunity.
- Mindfulness gives more information. Meditation should be able to be done at all times.
- Each spirit tries to have internally-consistent ruleset and beliefs. The universe is entirely consistent with its rules (mathematics).
- Personalities can be grouped, different thought processes are a result of personalities.
- A person inherits instincts, including a set of archetypes which all humans share in common and write stories about.
- A person must be aware of their instincts and use them as tools, and not let the tools become them.
- There is no boundary between material and spiritual, they are one and the same. Everything is made of information.
- The totality of information made all things and knows all things and timeless. It however does not place humanity as the center of the universe, but merely a part of it.
- Life's purpose may be to counter the heat death of the universe. Life goes against the natural order of the universe (entropy increase).
- Life emerged out of the chaos of the universe.
- Cultures arise from perceiving others as having disorder. Each culture has an ideal persona they try to replicate in themselves.
- Organizations should use a fractal pattern of power distribution and election of leaders.
- We are part of the life of the universe, not separate. Humans are not the best and we should not think we own lifeforms, but rather in contract with them.
- If what one does now gives less information than another potential action, then change one's behavior. If something does not give information, rid oneself of it.