In the mid 1980s, a computer game was written that would become the inspiration for a real-life worldview. It was named Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar. In this title, you must live according to the Eight Virtues which are based on the three Great Principles. Despite being something dreamed up for early digital entertainment, the lessons it taught the players have lasting value when adapted to their own lives.
The Three Principles are Truth, Love and Courage. These are the primary deities of Avatarhood. They are not anthropomorphized into representative gods as with most religions, but do have symbols assigned to them: The Book of Truth, the Candle of Love and the Bell of Courage.
The Eight Virtues are minor deities. Through our devotion to them, Avatars strive to gain full understanding of the Three Principles. They are: Honesty, Compassion, Valor, Justice, Sacrifice, Honor, Spirituality and Humility.
Why should I live my life by these virtues?
Avatarhood doesn’t promise you an afterlife in paradise. It won’t lead you to power or riches. It will teach you how to embody the Principles and simply be a good human. You don’t seek Avatarhood for recognition or personal profit. It’s not for you to feel superior or more “woke” than others. It’s a personal journey of self discovery. Your goal is to realize your greatest potential: how you can bring comfort to yourself, those around you, and life as a whole.
Is this some New Age religion?
Not at all.
This is a religion in the sense that it does advise our behaviors and how we think (morals and worldviews). It’s absolutely a system of ethics, but not one dictated by a supernatural entity. We do consider certain places as shrines to each Virtue. Spirituality is one of the Eight virtues and is primarily concerned with how we relate to all other things. It is polytheistic as it has multiple deities. In most religions, gods are assigned specific properties: Goddess of Love, Mother Earth, God of War, and so on. In Avatarhood, we drop that step of imagining a set of beings to embody our ideals and directly recognize the Virtues and Principles for their intrinsic value.
Unlike many religions, we do not have any punishments for failure to always be virtuous. We do not seek to convert others to our path. Although we strive for perfection, we are certainly aware that perfection is not obtainable. We accept our mistakes and we seek to reflect upon our choices, meditating at the appropriate shrine.
Avatarhood is about changing ourselves from the inside out in order to be healthier and more fulfilled while making positive contributions to life in as many ways as we can.