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Gotta have faith…

October 5, 2011

Red State:

if the American people cannot stand to hear that message even when it is the manifest truth, we are in serious trouble. Because what it means is that we have become a nation in which people cannot be told to act like adults because we are no longer capable of doing it. And a nation where people have to be promised free ponies and unicorn dust even when everyone can see there’s no more ponies in the stable is a nation that’s just biding its time until final collapse

and later a comment states:

The scarey part of this is many folks want to be lied to. They don’t want to hear about shared sacrifice or paying for grotesque consequences from unsustainable political decisions- whether it is in the form of entitlements or otherwise.

“politics” is an interesting thing, as is the desire of some people to believe that everything is as stated. I realized in the last year that what sounds “political” to some is really just pointing out the landscape that’s obvious to others – seeing politics isn’t the same as playing politics, but to some – even acknowledging the story-behind-the story – it’s one step too far. They’d rather hide their eyes and violently defend their abusers against those who are trying to help them out of abuse, than acknowledge they’ve been had.

Beyond that, what makes me sad is the sad,  vacuous nature of these kinds of protests relative to Martin Luther King Jr’s marches or the William Wilberforces of history. Humanity has a need to connect with and participate in the transcendent (something bigger than ourselves). A historical narrative that helps explain  “why are we here, what are we supposed to do, why does the world feel so broken, what happens when we die” is often found for many outside the secular West in a religion.

In the secular West humanity still wants a purpose bigger than themselves to champion, but the purposes they aim at are not transcendent or grand – they’re consumptive and covetous or built on spite and envy. If the movement isn’t buying organic as a ‘sacrifice for greater good’ (of their own family), then it’s anti-anyone-more-successful-than-they-are. The dreams aren’t transcendent or dignified, they’re shrill and feral. Instead of Jean Valjean, we have Thenardier and his gang of thieves. Les Miserables indeed.

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