“Worse still, when we define ourselves with limited categories, any shift in those categories can destabilize our sense of self. What happens to us when life doesn’t play out in the way we expected – when a marriage ends or never happens in the first place? What happens to us when we’re laid off or fail in the marketplace? What happens to us when motherhood doesn’t come easily?
If we invested our sense of self in something small, temporal, and unstable, we will become small, temporal, and unstable people. When they collapse or come to a natural end (as even good things do), we enter a crisis of identity. For without them, how will we know our sense of purpose, calling, and direction? Life will become meaningless and empty.”
Hannah Anderson “Reflection Made in God’s Image” found in the book “Identity Theft”
This is a really great thought and serves to help us better understand the social convulsions occurring in our civilization today. As we in the West have come to see ourselves as disconnected from God, we have had to find our identity in novel places. I thought of the woman clawing at the door to the Supreme Court chambers where Kavanaugh was being sworn in. If your identify has a sexual assault victim, any perceived attack on another sexual assault victim feels like an attack on you. If you identify as white, then job losses in the Midwest or an opiod crisis among that demographic feels like a piece of you is suffering too. Same can be said for other identity or tribal groups.
Neo-marxism and post-modernity are threats to our civilization because of the destruction of the identity of individuals as being in God. It removes the eternal and leaves us with only the earthly. It makes into victims, helpless, forced to cling to a tribal or group identity that is earthly and unstable. Thus SJW, many college students, and young persons in America have become petty and shrill or “small” and “unstable.” Unable to think in terms beyond victimhood, ethnicity, and bodily orientations they have descended in to the same madness that possesses radical group thinking among false religions like Islam. A great earthly Satan must be found and exterminated to satisfy the desires of the group.
This is what happened to the peasants in Russia, the poor people of Italy, Germany, China, and Cambodia. First the destruction of their religion and the removal of God from the psyche. This leaves people meaningless and helpless. In their search for meaning they join a group of people that are like them in some way. They all find a great earthly Satan to blame for their condition of helplessness. And then they begin to wage violence against that great earthly Satan.
LGBTQ+ vs Heterosexual Normatives
Black vs White
White vs Black
Women vs Men
Everyone vs White Patriarchy
Poor vs Rich
Socialists vs Capitalists
Without a revival of the good, the true, and the beautiful in the West where men returning to seeing themselves as image bearers of God, individuals responsible for their own actions before God, judged by the content of their character rather than the sins of their “group.” We should all prepare for violence, social unrest, political turmoil, and poverty….. monetary, social, cultural, poverty.