Credit for my motivation to create this post must go to @RayAndrews for a comment he made recently, and I quote.
The first sentence I took as an invitation to propose a few ideas as to what may be driving this phenomenon.
The second and penultimate sentences that this is primarily a political force driven by a few elites to overturn the fundamental institutions that underpin our society so that they themselves can take control is clearly a very popular theory shared by the more vocal on this forum and probably most other more right leaning ones.
The problem I have with this theory of world domination is the caliber of the people accused of masterminding it. Really? These guys came up with this and have been so effective at rolling it out on a global scale primarily in the democratic world? Most folks engaged in these types of anti-woke debates are much smarter than this, why not come up with an alternative strategy and roll it out instead?
The reason is because it is virtually impossible to accomplish this, even with a significant number of folks on your side. Various cults have been successful in creating a small dedicated community, but once it gets exposed to broader society, it quickly falls apart. This movement, with as many tenants that appear just as crazy as any cult, has been far more successful. Why?
Which brings me to Ray’s last sentence, the people must believe that what they are doing is for the greater good.
Back to Ray’s challenge to speculate about the real drivers of wokeness, at the risk of having my sanity challenged by the anti-woke amongst us.
For me this has to fundamentally be based on the desire for a moral code in the absence of a unifying religion. The best I could come up with. “Do no harm, physical or emotional, to your fellow man”. Everything else about our liberal society is routed in freedom of the selfish man, and laissez-faire capitalism. There needs to be an implicit moral code that stops us short from outright rape and pillage and exploitation of the weak, I believe it must be something along these lines. That’s victimhood right there.
The next common aspect of the moral code and any religion that tends to encapsulate it, is it appeals to the oppressed. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”. Being nailed to the cross by the oppressor is a pretty impressive way of illustrating this concept. All you have to do is identify some form of oppression in your region, nation or community that you believe more people should be sensitive to, add some motivating rhetoric, purge some heretics, and you have a movement. The idea does not have to be centrally driven, it is more like a franchise.
The third key aspect I suggest is the law. In 1964 the USA introduced Title VII of the Civil Rights act which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. The intention was to “judge people by the content of their character, not the color of their skin”. Could it in fact be achieving exactly the opposite? The unintended consequence is that it provides folks who might feel they qualify as an oppressed group with legal status and recourse provided they show increased affiliation with one of these groups, not exactly the intended purpose of the Act…
If I’m right that these are the fundamental drivers of wokeism, then if history is our guide, the worst thing we can do is feed their prophets to the lions. That is the ultimate route to Sainthood and Martyrdom.
OH, and if you think wokeism is doomed to failure because it is full of illogical and fanciful stuff, then it has been awhile since you read your Bible.