I’ve been watching the reaction to a Trump Victory with my mouth agape, not because of the epoch-smashing nature of his win, nor the eminently predictable backlash to it, but because of the PROFOUNDLY RELIGIOUS NATURE OF THE REACTION, and of course the ULTIMATE IRONY that this RELIGIOUS OUTPOURING is coming from the most SECULARIZED (LAUGH, COUGH!) BEACHHEAD of AMERICAN SOCIETY…
If one watches the footage of the RIOTERS (take your pick) who remind ME — at the very least — of the GARMENT RENDING GOTTERDAMMERUNG that accompanied the death of AYATOLLAH KHOMEINI, or to stretch even further back, STALIN, one has to come to the conclusion that something more PROFOUND than DIPLOMATIC DEFEAT has occurred.
And for even further PROOF, scan this piece about the fear of A SUICIDE CONTAGION due to the impending TRUMP PRESIDENCY (https://thinkprogress.org/suicide-contagion-election-e8f2bc2c09c6).
There’s a TECHNICAL TERM for this apparently impending EPIDEMIC: The WERTHER SYNDROME and it comes from GOETHE’S FIRST MASTERPIECE, “The Sorrows of Young Werther”, an EARLY EXAMPLE of GERMAN ROMANTICISM that dealt in YOUNG SPURNED COURTLY LOVE that culminated in the SELF-EXTERMINATION of its SNOWFLAKE in the 18TH CENTURY PROTAGONIST. And here’s a link because GOETHE’S first masterpiece isn’t exactly in the COLLEGIATE CANON THESE DAYS, (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sorrows_of_Young_Werther), although it obviously should be reintroduced.
PUBLIC MOURNING and SUICIDE are NOT the reactions of A SOCIETY inoculated against the RELIGIOUS IMPULSE. These are the REACTIONS of A SOCIETY in thrall to a REDISCOVERY of RELIGIOUS MASOCHISM, one day short of FLAGELLATION and STIGMATA.
And this is also FURTHER PROOF of what many of the POLITICALLY AGNOSTIC have been saying since 2008, that with BARACK OBAMA, the SECULAR CHURCH OF LIBERALISM, finally found its PATRON SAINT that allowed its VALUES to move from ABSTRACTION into EMBODIMENT.
And the REJECTION of their “GOD” by 30 (at counting) STATES has FORCED A DAY OF RECKONING. The results of a DEMOCRATIC ELECTION, wherein the WINNER is CONSTRAINED from day one by TWO ADDITIONAL and DISTINCT BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT, should not INCUBATE FEAR that leads to WRIST-SLASHING and spilling into STREETS in a RELIGIOUS COUNTER-REVOLUTION to bind THE TRUE REMAINING FOLLOWERS together into a COLLECTIVE BOUT OF GROUP HUGS with a side-dish of SOLIDARITY through BURNING CARS.
This is nothing less than the PRIMAL CRY that accompanies the DEATH OF A RELIGIOUS DEITY and the REJECTION of HIS (its) HOLY WRIT and TEXTS (in this case LOTS AND LOTS OF EXECUTIVE ORDERS).
AMERICA — as I’ve been stating for the PAST TWO YEARS — is GOING TO GET A LOT MORE RELIGIOUS than it ever PLANNED (even if its is in the GUISE OF “SECULARISM” or “SPIRITUALISM”), and what’s ironic is that AN AVOWEDLY UN-CHRISTIAN PRESIDENT-ELECT has caused THIS STATE OF AFFAIRS…