The deep impulse in the human being to surrender his will to the force of a charismatic leader has always been with us. We are naive, or perhaps arrogant, to believe that somehow Americans in the 21st century are suddenly immune, especially when one realizes that immunity, if such a thing exists, can only be gained through an inoculation of history. Man only becomes cognizant of his dangerous tendencies when he can view the results of succumbing to them through the lens of history. Man can not see the horror of what he desires in the immediacy of the here and now.
The study of history affords the possibility of wisdom for there is no wisdom in the present moment, only desire.
One of the most consistent tactics of the left is to sever the follower from the ties of his past. "Never trust anyone over thirty." "Kill your parents." Don't look back, the left demands, for the lessons of human nature are found there. "Forward, comrade!" is always the rallying cry. The left sees nothing of value in the past because it is determined to wipe out human nature and make a new man. The wisdom of the past, the lessons learned, mean nothing. All is new. All begins with them.
This is a very seductive idea because it immediately gives those who succumb to it a heady sense of importance and unearned grandeur. When one surrenders their will, they are left with only their ego. Suddenly they are all important. No need to be anything other than here, in this moment. All else falls away as unnecessary and superfluous to the glorious vision of what awaits. FORWARD!
Besides, history is a total downer....dude....It imposes restraint and demands subordination. Who wants to accept that one simply has a place in the tapestry of humankind, that others of great stature and accomplishments have gone before you? And most importantly, that you must deny your desires because of lessons old dead guys can teach you?
Once the ties of history have been severed, the appeal to the ego is unrestrained. There is nothing else but one's immediate desires and sense of lofty self-importance.
It's all about me!
The charismatic leader appeals to this universal need to be important, to matter! It is so easy...so enticing. All one has to do to be transported from the smallness of one's life in the scheme of things to the heady heights of changing the world is to accept the absolution of one's sins and failures bestowed by the beloved leader, The One. All is made new. YOU are made new. There is no past. There is nothing outside the dream that he paints. LOOK FORWARD!
How great must he be? How great must YOU be? To be special enough in all of the human race - in all of history - to see and understand the uniqueness of his vision? It is your privilege to march with him to reshape it all, to rewrite the human condition, to prove that history means nothing to the joyous vision of a promised tomorrow.
Because he promised. And you're that special.
As we willingly follow this new Pied Piper off the cliff, it is evident that we have learned nothing from history.
So be it.
I'm convinced. It's PARTY TIME!!! FREE SHIT FOR EVERYONE!! INCLUDING --ESPECIALLY -- MEEEEEEE!
|I can't bring myself to be a donkey, but I can be a stupid, dancing zebra! Close enough.|