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Woke Totemism and Cultural Exhaustion

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Religious behavior is just as inherent for people as breathing. This is a fascinating sociological read and worth the 15-20 minutes. Humans are inherently religious whether they’re aware of it or not, and I never thought about how the religious ideas of the sacred and profane work with a sacred “totem” in progressive politics. The virtuous victim (gay, black, woman, etc.) acts as the sacred positive object or totem, and the white male acts as the profane negative object or totem.

The progressive community binds itself by purging the profane totem, or requiring self-loathing, or self-hatred by it at a minimum. This article reminds me of observing the Aboriginals when I went to Australia 3 years ago. The aboriginals had totems which revolved around fish, certain rivers, and other natural objects. I have a boomerang at home that I brought home which has some representation of the Aboriginal totem. The various victims of progressive politics serve as a totem for the expression of religious impulses. Some of these “virtuous victim” totems have more sacred power than others. For example, a black lesbian is a more sacred totem than just a black straight man. It is amazing to observe human nature and how people act, whether they are aware of it are not. The result of all this is cultural exhaustion, as the positive religious expression of progressivism, identification with the virtuous victim, is not enough to sustain a culture. 

If you consider the Jessie Smollet hoax, the Covington Catholic HS Hoax, and the violence against people wearing MAGA hats, among many other sociological phenomena, it makes perfect sense. These are religious expressions, just as natural as breathing.  The scary thing is how working class white males are treated as profane religious objects, to be purged from society. How would you respond? With a deep sense of shame? I know for a fact from my work helping inmates that shame is a big problem with black males, many of whom never had much of a role model or father. I wonder how many mass shootings, how much depression, how much drug abuse, how much family dysfunction, and how many other sociological problems are caused by this sociological dysfunction at the core of progressive “woke” politics ? 

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