A journalistic buzzword for the desire to arrange the world into battles between Good and Evil, a reflection of the binary bias that plagues the online experience as a result of otherwise incomprehensible complexity.
Carly Busta: Manichean comes from this Persian religion which was active between the 3rd and 11th century. I think that's when it was flourishing. When you said it the first time I kept thinking you were referencing like The Manchurian Candidate. But I looked it up and I was like, ManiCHAEan, oh, it’s this religion!
Daniel Keller: It's religion is also just like Americana, right?
CB: Manichaeism was coevol with early Christianity.
LIL INTERNET: It was like another startup that borrowed things from all the little vibes going on at the time. Manichaens had this dualistic idea that there was like a light God and a dark fighting each other. But there's also all these demons like Gnosticism...
LI: Jesus is in Manichaeism. They believe that Mani, their final profit, after Zoroaster, Buddha, and Jesus. They got big in China. Wikipedia categorizes it under Gnosticism, there's a whole bunch.
CB: Decolonize Christianity!
LI: I'm doing my part to decolonize Christianity. I'm reading the Apocrypha.