Polytheism as Problem Solving Framework
In awarding the individual deities with distinct personalities and powers, and putting them to work across the span of human ideas and endeavors, a collective toolset for problem solving emerges.
By looking at a problem, interaction, or possibility through the lens of these deities, or consciously embodying them wholesale (“The Devil’s Advocate” is a contemporary example) we can disassociate ourselves - and our own biases - and inhabit novel points of view to examine the subject in question from a multitude of angles.
Today, we see these perceptual tools through idioms, metaphors, science, and thoughtful objects like Oblique Strategies.
How might a modern pantheon of problem solving agents manifest itself and appear before our eyes? What might be gained by granting them a dose of our humanity and temporarily imbuing them with our sentience? Rather than manifesting another lifeless object?
Could we co-opt the Tarot and invert it? Not on filtering the world to focus upon ourselves, but to filter ourselves to focus on aspects of the world?