The conversion of Europe to Christianity did not happen in one fast moving wave, but rather in fits and starts over a long period of time. In the case of England, a nobleman would convert and then force his subjects to convert. In other parts of Europe, a critical mass of people would convert, leading the nobility to convert. Often, the new religion existed alongside the old religion. Not everyone was excited for the new religion, so they would stick with the old gods rather than convert.
In the cases where the nobility forced their subjects to convert, it must have been a very strange situation for the people. One day they are marched down to the river where some weirdos with funny haircuts speak a strange language while dunking them under the water. Then everyone is marched to a building with some new images and forced to repeat words in that same strange language. To the person subjected to this, it must have seemed like the rulers were going mad.
Of course, not everyone was willing to give up their old gods, even if the lord or king had converted to the new religion. Initially, these holdouts may have been tolerated, but eventually they had to be forced to obey. In Britain, according to Bede, disputes between Christian kings and pagan kings resulted in lots of bloodshed. The last pagan king was killed in battle in 686. After that, Britain was nominally Christian, although paganism survived as English folkways.
This is something to keep in mind as we watch the American empire succumb to what increasingly looks like the emergence of a bizarre new cult. All the attention has been on the blacks looting and the Antifa stirring up riots, but around this orgy of mayhem has been signs that it is all part of a strange new religion. Images like this are becoming more common, as this new region evolves public rituals. All of the corporate oligarchs are all-in on this new cult and they control the culture now.
To the common people of the empire, this seems bizarre. It is as if the ruling elite has gone mad all at the same time. Large swaths of the national government are in revolt against the President over his failure to comply with the new faith. State and local government officials are a click away from open insurrection. The country is tipping into civil war, with one side on the side of this bizarre new religion and the other side baffled as to what is happening. The empire is a madhouse now.
This cult is not entirely without president. The radicals of the French Revolution created the Cult of the Supreme Being. They first sought to replace Catholicism with a new religion devoted to the abstract concept of reason. That new cult was largely a blend of atheism and anthropocentrism. Robespierre saw the obvious problems and denounced this cult and instead promoted the Cult of the Supreme Being. It was intended to be primarily a state religion with God at the center of it.
This cult we are seeing evolve in the empire is much more like the Cult of Reason, in that it has no gods and elevates abstract concepts like inclusion, diversity, cooperation and openness. When activist chant demands for justice, for example, they are not talking about legal justice or even moral justice. Justice is one of the many words to signify this collection of concepts at the center of the cult. In this case, justice is when all non-whites feel joyfully included in the white society.
That’s a key element that goes unnoticed. In this example of justice, it is not enough for whites to grant legal access. Whites must joyously embrace the inclusion of non-whites into their world. The holy concepts of inclusion and cooperation demand more than just mere compliance with the new rules of inclusion. A grudging compliance could result in future conflict. No, justice requires that whites redefine themselves to include non-whites as an integral part of their identity.
This is why the elites suddenly look like supplicants. These bizarre rituals where they kneel and confess their privilege are in fact rituals. This new cult does not have the concept of private devotion. Such a thing as private cannot exist in a fully open and cooperative society. To have a private thought is to exclude those from that part of your life and there is no greater sin than exclusion. Those who truly embrace the new faith must do so in public. Only then can they be truly saved.
The Left in America has always been a spiritual force, rather than an ideological one, as is the case in Europe. The roots of Progressivism are in religion. Their ideal society was never about material equality. It was about communal salvation. As the empire has shifted fully into liberal democracy since the end of the Cold War, this spiritual yearning has turned into a religion of its own. Instead of salvation, the goal is a worldly Utopia of universal cooperation and inclusion of all people.
To the insider, a cult is a world where the internal rules and beliefs of the cult perfectly explain the world. To the outsider, the rules and beliefs of the cult seem amusing, bizarre or possibly dangerous. That’s what is happening in the empire. Most of us are outside this ruling class cult, so their chants, declarations and actions strike as strange and crazy. The destruction of the cities makes no sense. For the cult, these riots are purifying rituals. To outsiders, they are wanton destruction.
This may also explain the bizarre behavior over the Covid virus. It was obvious a long time ago that something other than science and a concern for public health was driving public officials to stoke the panic. The elaborate game of make believe has now been made plain. People are barred from Christian services, but BLM protests and homosexual parades are now permitted. The destruction of civil society from the top down was the elite’s version of the urban street riots.
What we may be seeing is this weird religion of inclusion and cooperation quickly morph into a suicide cult that seeks to level existing society. First the elites try to destroy society with the lock downs and elimination of personal freedom. Now the rank and file are doing their part by devastating the cities. The new faith will not rest until every trace of the old has been erased. That includes the people. Those who represent the old, with their white habits and white ideas must be destroyed.
Like those medieval peasants who woke up one day to learn their king was part of a strange new cult brought in by a couple of bald guys in dresses, normal people in the empire are seeing the mass conversion of their rulers. Just as Christianity could only tolerate the old ways for so long, this new faith is increasing intolerant of the old normal ways of American society. It now exists to expunge every trace of civil life. This cult has declared total war on the rest of us.
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