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Williamson, The Democrats, And The Narcissistic Impulse

30 August 2019 @ 18:12

Daniel Greenfield is a very good Reporter and, often, an insightful commentator on the World we live in.

Recently, over at his blog Sultan Knish, he published an analysis of Marianne Williamson, her beliefs, and how they fit right in with the Democratic Party.  Entitled Marianne Williamson Shows the Dems are a Cult, it makes a good case for the proposition in the title.

A highlight [tip of the fedora to Juliette Akinyi Ochieng]:

How did Marianne Williamson, the author of 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever, and other stuff you might see on the bottom layer of a garage sale, end up on the 2020 debate stage?

The obvious answer is that she’s been there for a very long time.

Indeed.  Unbeknownst to most of us, many Democrats — elected, running for The Presidency — believe in much of what she preaches.  It’s just that they don’t often use the same language [hiding it in more common political language].  But they have become, for lack of a different term: Oprahfied.

Mr. Greenfield:

Where did Marianne Williamson come from? The White House and the Democrat Party.

Unlike Andrew Yang, Williamson isn’t a fringe character who somehow made it into the debate stage. When she ran for Congress, her backers included Dennis Kucinich, who told supporters, “You are the ones who are calling forward a reality by the name of Marianne Williamson”, and Jennifer Granholm, the former Governor of Michigan, who headed a key Hillary SuperPAC.

Williamson is a crackpot… She got this far because the upper echelons of the Dems don’t believe in God, but do believe in crazy.

Indeed: they are most certainly several beers short of a six-pack.  As I’ve explained in previous columns here: adopting Leftism is a sign of a Mental Disorder because it shows that one does not want to deal with Reality, with Life As It Is.

More from The Sultan:

…do lefty politics draw in nuts and kooks for no apparent reason. Or is the insanity baked inside?

Are Marianne Wiilliamson’s crazy rants about dark psychic forces and force fields unrelated to her politics, or is the socialist conviction that the world needs careful management by the enlightened to cure us of our human nature exactly the sort of political philosophy that attracts quacks and kooks?

Behind the façade of reason, the light side of the Left, with its plans for a totalitarian utopia of resource management, speech policing, constant reeducation, and disposition of the unworthy, is a dark side of festering demons, spirits, ghosts, sorcerous powers, and invisible visitors from other realms. The light side claims that its ideas are the product of science, experts and modern thought, but the dark side is throbbing with magical thinking, hysterical outbursts, senseless cruelty, and cults of personality.

In other words: Leftism is ultimately based on Emotionalism — Syrupy Sentiment with no interior governing hand to Restrain it.

As to how Mzzz Williamson got this far:

…The only surprise is that it took this long for an unabashed representative of what the Democrats really believe to finally show up.

At the 2020 debates, the Democrats are letting their leftist freak flag fly. They’re coming out of the closet about their support for taking away everyone’s health insurance, dismantling the border and freeing criminals. Why shouldn’t they come out of the closet about their New Age beliefs?

At the next debate, to separate the ‘enlightened’ from those with False Consciousness, in the former’s eyes, one of the ‘moderators’ should ask, by a show of hands, how many are carrying at least one crystal [or a Mojo Bag].

The Hippie Spirit never died [actually, one can probably trace this Spirit back to Jean-Jacques Rousseau].

More from Mr. Greenfield [emphasis mine]:

The answer is that leftist politics only pretend to come from the conscious mind, but actually originate in the resentments, fantasies and terrors of the unconscious mind. Leftism isn’t reasoned, it’s rationalized.

Its politics are the wishes and the vendettas of the subconscious filtered through pseudoscience.

Marianne Williamson is unremarkable. After Trump’s election, tens of thousands of women like her swarmed the streets wearing pink hats to shriek at the sky and repel the dark psychic forces. This caucus of crazy white women, who underlie the leftist activist base, are spiritual rather than religious. They believe that they have special insight and are much too smart for organized religion. They are convinced that women are more spiritually attuned than men, that progressives are more sensitive than everyone else, and that they project spiritual forces through their activism that will change the country.

They believe in everything, ghosts, auras, energy forces, UFOs, and even angels, but no God.

That would be blasphemous because what they believe in, above all else, is themselves.

Marianne Williamson, like Obama and Oprah, speak to their inner specialness, to their egos and their conviction that they were put on earth to change the world and feel good about themselves. They assure them that all their inner conflicts can be resolved by directing their energy into politics and that they will be assured of immortality if their political activism puts them on the right side of history.

They are their own goddesses, their religion is narcissism, and the church is leftist politics.

What we have here is Paganism, pure and simple.  And Pagans reject The One God in favor of man-made gods [the plural is important], who are just like the Comic Book Superheros who flood our Culture, except they carry with them an Ideological, an Emotional, Power.

Finally:

…Even aside from Marianne Williamson, the 2020 field is full of Democrats trying out the rising cadences and long pauses of fake spirituality and impassioned vagueness. They use the borrowed poetry of religion to convey faith, but the only thing they believe in is themselves.

It’s Narcissism-A-Go-Go on The Left.

But let us not forget that all Ideologues are forever staring at their own reflections.

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ONE QUIBBLE:

I do have some problems with Mr. Greenfield’s point-of-view…

He seems to reject phenomena that are beyond Right Reason.  Russell Kirk believed in Ghosts; he believed in Mystery.

In our world, there exists the Human and we are governed by The Transcendent — the Hand of God, if you will.  There are many things that will always remain a Mystery to us because they are beyond our Understanding.  God has not Revealed all of Himself to us; we much continually search for Him.  By doing so, we strengthen our Faith in Him and beliefs because we discover His Majesty, which nourishes our Souls.  But we never expect to ‘know’ Him.

Mr. Greenfield is, from what I’ve read of his writings, a believer in a Rational World, where Mysteries are made to eventually be explained, where at some future time, we will fully understand Life [that’s a long way away, I’m sure he’ll admit].  He is a Child of The Enlightenment and, perhaps, a Utilitarian, in the tradition of Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill.

William Shakespeare got it right: ‘There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio / Than are dreamt of in your philosophy’ [Hamlet, Hamlet to Horatio].  And who would want it any other way?

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