In a recent example Politician Matt Gaetz shrieked about a future US military too woke to fight! This is a man currently under investigation for criminal sexual activity involving minors, to which a close personal friend and political ally has already pled guilty.
Events in Ukraine reveal a paradigm shift in warfare which suggests the soldiers of the future will increasingly resemble video gamers. But imagine a world in which the kids were ‘too woke’ to fight. Such a world would be one in which the kids treated others as they themselves wished to be treated, a world without prejudice or discrimination.
Such a world seems far removed from the one we currently experience. And, as ever, the most-deplorable fake-Christians are the loudest voices against any progress towards it. We’ve seen it in Ireland and gaze in horrified wonder at the brazenness of the Christo-grift in the American right wing and right wing in general.
I was taught GCSE religion in the late ‘80s by a Civil Rights veteran from the perspective of Jesus the revolutionary. There was much focus on the social aspect of the gospel stories and the political nature of the Jesus stories concerning clashes with the Pharisees and Sadducees. We were taught Jesus challenged them for being obsessed with the ‘letter of the law’ to the detriment of the ‘spirit of the law’. Ironically this accurately describes much of what passes for Christianity in today’s world.
Looking at the Jesus stories in the overall context of ancient religions suggests an amalgam of multiple Messiah figures with similar biographical details and core message – ‘treat people as people not things’. History is replete with examples of people who had a ‘eureka’ moment or awakening. Some are remembered for their contribution to human progress and others were put to death. The week that’s in it, some people remember a man who may have lived and been nailed to a cross and a real man who was tied to a chair and shot.
Demystified the Jesus story is the ultimate woke agenda and illustration of the extents to which those in power will go to control the agenda and prevent a wider awakening. The associated repression skews the character of the inevitable resistance and agents of disinformation will divide, distort and demonise. The result is the bipolar complication of a simple, ‘be decent’, philosophy.
It was ever thus.