The Blind That Lead the Woke

The goal in our time is erasure and indeed prohibition of all forms of difference as “forms of oppression”… excepting those differences that are wholly self-avowed. These latter—so long as they are not pre-designated as “oppressor”—are instead to be celebrated without exception, being invariably described as neither chosen nor coerced, but as arising from a deep inner, personal source or animistic essence: “my truth”. This “essence”, curiously, is seen as in no way constructed and both it and its needs as absolutely non-negotiable, even though it is in practice often promulgated for entirely external, consensual reasons, such as increased approval and status within the “woke” herd.

This also implies that the racial, ethnic & cultural differences that are so front-and-center in “social justice” movements are really apprehended only in a severely reductive and bowdlerized form–essentially as an individual-centric spiritual “flavor” that may, as if by happenstance, exist across a group, and not as a free-standing, deeply interwoven cultural structure with its own intricate world of meanings and demands that actually breathes its life into a group. These various traditions and ways-of-life, existing wholly outside of the SJW’s field of vision, are thus treated with words of gushy, conspicuous reverence, but with deeds that are profoundly patronizing (such as the hijab-donning politicians in New Zealand).

Thus is born “diversity”: a potpourri of meaningless, essentially narcissistic, pre-approved “flavors” of individual, all dissociated (atomized) from any of the sustaining meanings of their original cultures (let alone deities), all displaying with proud resentment the sacred brand of victimhood, and all merging (conforming) together under a single emergent culture of the debauched Self. This atomized conformity is, indeed, a “melting pot” of the highest intensity; but it is also one with no shape or mold into which to solidify, since “assimilation” is here deemed equivalent to chauvinism, and truth to prejudice.

We may say the greatest danger of the social-justiciars, then, is their complete blindness, despite (or even better, because of) their ideology of “social constructedness”, to the real meaning, value and richness of a functioning culture, of group identification—for these are things, bluntly, that none of them have ever seen or experienced. This blindness leads them to a vision of an “inclusive” world on the model of a chaotic mass, heaped together from the individual level with at most the aid of technical organization, but without any inspiration concerning the living structure, customs and principles that must intervene between the level of the individual and the whole in order for there to be culture, let alone civilization.

We see here that the fatal limitation of SJW—even if to be considered as nothing less than an emerging successor-culture to the decaying West—is the way in which it continually mistakes collectivism for culture (much in the way that, in other fields, derivation has been mistaken for truth). There is the collective, and within it there are, rattling around, the woke individuals with zheir inviolable inner essences and identities; but there is nothing to mediate the gulf between these levels, except technology and power. Thus the rule of SJW, if it is achieved, will defer, out of sheer lack of anything else, increasingly to these and these alone.

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