It turns out the processes of
secularization and technological progress have raced ahead of
civilization’s collective consciousness.
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
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.
thanks to globalization, everyone gets to develop—the little
homesteads, the individual entrepreneurs, the hired hands…”
yeah. Sounds good. Pardon me while I hit the snooze button one more
“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
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.
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
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
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