Jesus Christ was a counter-revolutionary. A fast-acting change agent in a slow-moving world.
Today’s world moves fast.
Jesus was not the new. Jesus was the culmination of a line that stretched back to at least Abraham. Jesus’ teachings were the fulfillment of an ancient promise, he was the keeper of the laws from the time of Moses.
America has always been the exception. This stretches back to our founding.
This exceptionalism was forgotten over the past handful of generations, a mad happy rush to make America part of a larger whole, to abdicate control over ourselves and our nation, more money, more openness, more change, lesser glory, no salvation.
This post is not political.
America is a nation of Baby Boomers. They’re all dying.
This leeches chaos throughout the entire system.
Donald Trump is the death of the baby boomers. Their view of themselves, their place in the world, their certainty of their goals, their denial of their means, all of it; in Donald Trump they see their antithesis.
And they are dying.
And their ways are dying.
Rapacious baby boomers took trillions from the future. For 40 years, tens of millions of immigrants, some legal, many not, were brought in to help defray the costs of the ravenous boomers.
With their death, so, too, this.
Boomers grew up during the greatest economic expansion in the history of the planet. It wasn’t enough. They demanded more; all of it. They constructed a cultural, social, political and economic system which supported this ends.
It required immigration, by any means necessary.
It required globalization, by any means necessary.
It demanded cheap money, easy access, a scorn of the future, the destruction of history, a worldthink and economic order which unwaveringly supported their ravenous appetite — while they preached to all that they were the exception.
In their selfishness and self-involvement, boomers told themselves and insisted to all others that their ways were for the common good.
“Of course! Take $3.35 from my pocket to fund the arts. I care about art. Oh, and I’m not going to allow those greedy bigots to destroy our ‘public schools’.” While pocketing $15,000,000,000,000 the future will be required to pay back.
Old, selfish, but still convinced they’re out on the pavement thinking bout the government.
It was all a lie.
They required a villain.
Angry White Man.
There could be no other.
They cheered anything that cut, no matter how slight, into the Angry White Man, because the Angry White Man, now portrayed as Villainous Other, enabled them to achieve their goals: usurp others to pay for their lifestyle, to tear down the only group and the only institutions that could stop them.
They were so close.
They tried to run out the clock.
But Donald Trump appeared, overturning every single one of their most holy temples.
This post is not political.
Donald Trump is no progressive. He is the heretical destroyer of the established ways — those established over the past 60 years. Trump hearkens back to a past most have forgotten and nearly all were taught could never return. Thus, their common refrains:
Whites will soon be the minority!
Industrialism cannot succeed in America! Not anymore! Those old ways don’t work!
Ignoring that they have now become the old ways.
America has abandoned its principals and forgotten its blessings, ignored its exceptionalism and denied its might.
Because doing so benefitted baby boomers.
Their ways are dying.
This creates opportunity.
Not all of it pleasant.
Trump and Angry White Man shout– get! Take! Don’t you see! Technology and connectivity and robotics and digitalization and open borders and 6 billion poor people are grinding the value of everything down to zero. Zero for you. Zero for me. Zero for all. But this is America, dammit! We won’t be equal! We cannot be equal!
Boomers taught everyone else that equality was grand, holy. This allowed them to remain more equal than all the others.
Just run out the clock!
Then came Trump.
But they’re not dead yet.
Boomers have one final card to play. Millennials. The two large groups have fashioned an uneasy, unholy and comically doomed alliance, as neither can ever fully understand not trust the other. Together, they have joined a mutual rejection society, rejecting the very notion that America is exceptional, repulsed by the ways of Trump and those who dare support him.
Boomers cling still to a fully idealized version of themselves. Millennials likewise cling to a romanticized notion of themselves, brave, questing knights rejecting all that’s come before, when in fact it’s masking a fearful acknowledgement that the establishment can’t make good on any of the old promises, and has nothing to offer going forward. Being part of a global collective, they desperately hope, offers something rather than nothing. Downward mobility cushioned through safety in numbers. A sharing society only works if everyone is forced to share.
Boomers and millennials believe slaying Angry White Man and America The Exceptional, only achievable if they work together, will achieve their goals.
There is another way.
It’s not the America of the 1990s, nor the 1960s, nor even the 20th century, nor 19th century, but of the start of America. Limits on power, inalienable individual rights, and an embrace of America the exceptional.
Yours is the glory of living in the time of the destruction of everything. There will be much collateral damage. There will be even greater opportunity. Power, strongmen, greed, these can move the world, yes, but can’t keep it going. Ideas can, words, vision, belief. Those you possess. The world is being de-constructed, which means both the end of everything and the start of everything. Few ever live during such a time. Don’t let fear be your guide.
Noah was a madman.
He built for a world that didn’t yet exist.
Everyone else built for a world that would very soon cease.
Which are you?