In my last post, I began to expand on the idea of Donald Trump as ‘the id of the American people’, and to explore what theology has made of that particular Freudian concept.
The Jewish Rabbis, unconstrained by the story of St Paul’s spiritual struggles, are much less negative about the id than Christians have tended to be.
What on earth has happened in the USA? And what does it mean for liberal Christians?
Until the actual voting, there seemed to be a simple socio-economic explanation for ‘the Trump phenomenon’ and similar phenomena in other countries. A whole swathe of the population felt disenfranchised by globalisation and the neo-liberal project.
Syriza, Podemos, Le Pen, Brexit, now Trump. What’s happening? As long as the debates are conducted in black and white, each side too angry too understand the other, we will not find a satisfactory way forward.
This post describes some historical causes with theological significance.
In my interim position as acting General Secretary of Modern Church, it might have been wise to hold off a little longer before trying to speak into what my ten year old granddaughter calls the ‘emptiness inside us’.
Right now, the emptiness is the terrible silence that lingers on when all that can be said in the immediate aftermath of last Tuesday’s US election result has been said.
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month was when the Armistice was signed at the end of The Great War, the war to end all wars. So Remembrance Day was the day when work stopped at eleven o’clock. To remember the futility of war.
Between 1914 and 1918 soldiers dug themselves into trenches and emerged to battle it out on the field until one side was victorious among the dead bodies. Such was the scale of death that a new mood arose: it was inconceivable that nations would ever be so foolish as to repeat the tragedy. People wore red poppies to remember. Never again!