0xOmega, 0xΩ, it is being advertised and marketed as a new “religion”, one that is founded on the principles of the blockchain and its protocols.
But, is this accurate? Do people really have to see this recent oddity as a religious belief system? What does it stand for and what do its followers exactly believe in? That is what we are trying to figure out today.
When we observe how the news media approaches 0xOmega we find articles titled like this: “Blockchain Prophet Or Snake-Oil Salesman? Embattled Founder Launches First Ethereum Religion”, describing it in a nutshell as follows.
Called 0xΩ, the religion, inspired by the way blockchain helps groups reach consensus, is part of an even larger effort [Matt] Liston has conceived that is aimed at moving the way traditional religions receive donations, spend them—and do pretty much everything else—to the ethereum blockchain.
But what does 0xΩ stand for? Why is it a religion by any standards?
Getting the information straight from the source, Matt Liston, we assume that 0xOmega is about this:
0xΩ replaces church with consensus, God with recursion upon the discrete object of the collective. In doing so, 0xΩ mediates direct relationship with God for the individual while facilitating convergence of belief, maximizing evolutionary velocity, and minimizing switching costs.
So, what does it stand for? Well, the “religion” seeks to be the new church/medium that exists between the believer or the religious follower and “god”, whatever god may mean in this context. The latter is not specifically explained or defined. Neither by the “religion” itself or its founder.
What does this mean in practice? Nothing new actually. All you would be doing is switching networks, if you will. You’d trade your previous channel/classic church/medium for this one. Both claiming that they are the way to god. Quite literally even. In the classic churches we find the doctrines and priests implying that they are for instance “the seed” of the kingdom (on Earth) and that through them you can work your way to “god”. After all, catholic priests also claim that they can forgive your sins in the name of your/their “god”.
In reality, by switching from the classic church to creations like 0xΩ religiously devoted people will not come any closer or easier in the direct presence of “god”, since finding your way to such state of being requires no mediating agent at all. It is just you and “the force”.
So, is 0xOmega a religion? No, we wouldn’t describe it as such. If anything, it is a religiously inspired monetary and data distribution system that seems to exploit the inherent human need to seek essence through omnipresence and omni-activity. Because what do alleged follower of 0xΩ actually believe in, other than that religion can exist decentralized? For the latter we don’t really need 0xOmega to prove this point since there are a variety of religiously inspired movements or collectives who today already exist decentralized.
Can a 0xOmega be of use in today’s society? Sure, we can see several useful applications but to call it a religion or cult is far from accurate in our opinion. A slick marketing strategy? Yes, that it is surely.