In my Heuristics for Teachers course (asynchronous on Youtube), I advise using Facebook not just to swap memes, like in a card game, but to ponder out loud, share your deepest thinking. But then don’t waste it, if you want to memorialize your writing. Facebook scrolls by at high velocity. Grab what you wrote and share it somewhere else. Such as here on Medium. Hyperlinks added, everything else is cut and paste verbatim.
I started absorbing a sociological vocabulary in 8th grade under Fred Craden, our high school teacher sociologist, Overseas School of Rome. I learned the word “subculture” as well as “culture”. In such a multi-ethnic environment as Rome, these were useful and readily applicable terms.
More recently (in the last couple years) I’ve warned my readers and listeners that I sometimes use “cult” as a substitute for “subculture” occasionally, a way of leveling the playing field i.e removing some “spin” off that word. We’re all cult members in some way shape or form. I’m handcrafting my own cult.
It’s kinda like when I say: “if you haven’t joined at least two conspiracies, you’re wasting your time” i.e. I counter the negative spin on “conspiracy” with a positive one. As Marshall McLuhan famously said when he met Bucky Fuller in person for the first time: “I have read your books and I am ready to join your conspiracy.”
I recapitulate all that because it somewhat parallels the thesis that Woke is a religion. I’d call it a cult. I’d call it an ethnicity. But then so is working for IBM or the NSA. Ethnicities abound and we’re all multi-ethnic.
Ethnicity is not the same concept as “race” (one of my Pirate Party planks), which latter offers a mirage of permanence mixed with sloppy social darwinism i.e. racists believe in races, just as nationalists believe in nations. That’d be most of us I’d think (we’re believers in nations). It’s not a term of moral stigma. Racists and nationalists are newly minted (programmed) on a daily basis. Perhaps they learn about race through the story of Noah in Bible class, and how the races came from his sons Ham, Shem and like that. At least that’s one of the ethnicities out there. It’ll happen this coming Sunday (the programming), all over town.
My question on reading all this Woke vs Anti-Woke thread is why do the Anti-Woke have a disadvantage and have to always catch up? Is it because they define themselves as something “anti” and therefore they aren’t in control of what they’re fighting.
Isn’t that a symmetrical situation? The Woke don’t control Anti-Wokeness.
Also, the idea that pre-existing religions, subcultures, ethnicities are relatively static and do not evolve seems a bit too pat. Of course they adapt (continue to evolve). I’d say many who think of themselves as woke are in fact also members of established religions, as were and are many of their heros. Perhaps wokeness is the sound of religions adapting. Or call them subcultures. Whether there’s a God in the lexicon needn’t matter. As the Dalai Lama points out, he’s an atheist and is therefore headed for hell, yet it’d be hard to not call him religious (and Tibet is adapting like no other nation in many ways, in becoming one of the first virtual nations — more on the way).
My advice to the Anti-Woke, based on this reading, would be to develop a subculture or cult that doesn’t need to obsess about Wokeness. Brainstorm what are you for, what you plan to accomplish, not about what are you against, and what “those people” think and yadda yadda. Attend to your own business more. Develop new subcultures with a long half life and worthy of respect. As I always say “the best religions are yet to come”.