It turns out the processes of secularization and technological progress have raced ahead of civilization’s collective consciousness.
People were summoned to explore the heavens, they were promised universal prosperity, a world without borders, gender equality, and a third gender, and a fourth, and a fifth, and watermelons that taste like raccoons, and raccoons with the hair of mermaids. But people wanted a hug, warm tea, summers in the country, and to spend time with their relatives.
The idea of globalization has turned out to have been privatized by large capital, which needs a market of 300 million consumers, 500 million, a billion…
But the people just want somebody to buy their rutabagas, and that’s it.
“But thanks to globalization, everyone gets to develop—the little homesteads, the individual entrepreneurs, the hired hands…”
Sure, yeah. Sounds good. Pardon me while I hit the snooze button one more time.
“But we must open our borders to all those who are suffering and wandering forlornly. As a nation, we were formed of those who came here from all sorts of different parts of the world…”
How very true! Hey, look, there is this dude with funny hair saying that we can build a wall and live behind it! Wouldn’t that be nice? It would be safe and secure, living behind a wall, warm and comfy.
That’s why The Game of Thrones is such a popular success. There, the world changes rapidly within a constant set of constraints established once and for all. In that world there is no militant atheism. That world was created once, and then everything happens within its borders.
Meanwhile, our contemporary world changes in dastardly ways as far as the people are concerned. Investments lose value, pensions are cancelled… Let’s just hope that there isn’t a war, that goes without saying.
And every day television tells us whom we should love. One day it’s Israel, the next day it’s Britain, or Hillary Clinton. But people just want to love themselves, and those around them.
The stress of all this is simply unbearable. The world, which consists of people, can’t cope with this postmodernism, and so it is quietly crawling back into its conservative lair. The idea of building a wall is clear to all. Yes, it’s a populist daydream. But it is easy to understand, and expressed in human language. Global competitiveness and market share, on the other hand, is the sound a woodpecker doing it with a dead tree.
You can’t fool people, at least not over the long term. People sense where there is true humanity, and where it’s just dogs barking at the moon.
Right now humanity is like a cement airplane that’s been fitted with the most powerful engines in the world. It was washed and waxed, fueled it up, throttled up—and the engines sheared off and flew away in different directions. And the airplane rolled down the airstrip for a bit, stopped and went to sleep.
It is dreaming of the open sky, and a bird’s eye view of the Earth, and a world without borders, and the eternal brotherhood of all peoples, and a common currency, and various other things that are pleasant only in your asleep.
A Dark Age cometh. It may not be particularly dark, but it is sure to be endless.