I’ve been a Martini Priest for 300 of these communions, and now for the New Year I’m going to be a metaphorical Last Jedi Knight. I have all I need. An old hoody, a light saber, two Star Wars DVDs,and some coffee table books on the Last Jedi so I can learn every one’s names. I’ve been hiding from the New Order (the old Evil Empire) here in Blackstone right in plane sight. Not even my family knows my true identity. I share it with you because you have stumbled upon my transmitter where I beam my message to the universe. You can see in the right corner of the video my picture of my Master Jedi Knight, and I have many statues of Yoga sitting around. They look like Buddhas. I have on my front porch that like a gargoyle frightens away the religious demons that might try to steal my mind away.
This evening we are talking about the War of Worlds between the Resistance and the Empire, the Left and the Right sides of the universe. Ironically, each side calls itself the Resistance and the other side the Evil Empire. Obviously, they can’t communicate with each other since each sees the other as the Dark Side. But lets zoom in and look a little closer.
The Left Side is the Modern Age that came into being with the death of the Middle Ages when science are religion were One. The Modern age split them apart, leaving reason, scientific method, logic and cause and effect to the Left (the secular side) and on the right was given Value, Purpose and faith. The left side told you how to make and fix things, and the right side told why, what the meaning of it was. So Science and Religion were divorced.
But over the centuries the divorce didn’t hold because man can’t live without meaning and value, with a center to give his world coherence and unity. Man can’t live in a fragmented world of objects bumping into each other creating him by chance. So the Republican Party, seeing this void, this hunger for meaning and value, spend its doors and said, Come On In. We will be your party of Patriotism, Family Values, and God. You don’t have to have a third party. We will defeat the Evil Empire. Join the resistance.
For the last 40 years this Star Wars in our politics and culture has been building, and the gap between the two growing. Finally, the Resistance against Modernity needed a Savior, someone who was in their person a center, someone who you grab the battle flag and hold it up, taking the fire of the storm troopers. He seemed to be made of teflon. Nothing the Dark Side threw at him made him bleed. One after another, the knights of the dark side challenged him, and he defeated them all, especially the Evil Witch Hillary. And all of the Dark Obama tracks were going to be erased, as if he never even existed. The Resistance was on a roll with its Jedi Knight Trump.
But the Resistance on the left, armed with logic and reason and the scientific community, in fact every intellectual in the world, began to form, now that they could actually see Darth Vader. The Force was awakening.
What we have here, friends, is two version of Star Wars reflecting each other. Or One Star Wars that is Two. We are living in a split screen movie of Star Wars. We enter the theater and take our seats accord to our leaning towards Value or Reason; feeling or thinking.
In order to restore America, we have to make the American Psyche whole again because we can’t live without thought and feeling, reason and faith (value). A new paradigm is coming. A new World Idea is being born from this civil war, this American Neurosis.
I came here to Blackstone in 1980, having spent four months at the Jedi School of Swami Muktananda in India, and armed with blessed wooden guru sandals, a statue of Ganesh, and a ski cap, I arrived at my new outpost in a galaxy far far away. I had a mission, I believed, to convert these heathens to the Jedi School of the Yoga Force. But them my master died, leaving me without a center and a crutch to lean on. My mind was caught in a vortex of swirling doubts. But gradually, through the good people of Blackstone, I began to stabilize and find my ground. It was here in the good earth of Blackstone than I found my feet. But still the call of the Jedi whispers in my ears.
Even though I look like the local inhabitants, I cannot forget my Jedi past. The Force will not let me alone. And so I broadcast every day at 5 pm disguised as a Martini Priest. But now I’m outed. Someone gave me a light saber for my birthday, and I’ve just seen two of the latest Star Wars movies, which awakens the force within me. I cannot avoid my past. So tune in at 5 each evening for my secret broadcast. I see the storm trooper patrolling the streets looking for my signal. But I only talk for ten minutes, hoping that will be too short a time for them to detect me. I’m signing off now. May the Force be with you.
I’m working on this topic today in my musing, and what we are looking at here in Trump Land is the suffering that comes from a loss of Center which is a product of the modern world as it ages. Everyone is an IT, there is nothing sacred to hold the center. When this suffering reaches a turning point, a dynamic center is created to give meaning and purpose to life. Without a center that stabilizes consciousness, we descend into a vicious vortex that ends in psychosis and suicide.
Trump is the creation of a Dynamic Center that holds those suffering collective loss together, like the Confederate Statue holds the meaning and value of the Confederate World view together, the world view of the Resistance against the tide of Modernity that waters down and dissolve the “heroic individual” who changes history.
Trump is that happenstance creation of this grief, the lightening rod, the Confederate Statue in the flesh of the Resistance, the Heroic Individual who against all odds stands against the Dark Side and the Evil Empire of modernity and globalization…which ironically is the Liberal, democratic science based rational civilization that is giving us the life of comfort we now enjoy.
To the Liberal side of the Trump equation, this stance is killing the goose that lays the golden egg. This new dynamic subjective Center of for ME, wants to deconstruct the system that creates the wealth Trump drops himself in and promises to his followers.
We have a clash not of values but of world views where one is objective and the other is subjective. Like the Old Woman and the Young Woman in this gestalt picture, when you see one image, you can’t see the other. When you see the Liberal world view you can’t see the Trump world view, and when you see the Trump world you can’t see the Liberal. Each precludes the other, and our frustration is that we can’t restore America as the ONE by added the two view together or eliminating one.
Using the picture as metaphor, the One that is Two here is the raw ink blot before you see either the YW or the OW. We can’t restore America or create a One America by adding the two view togethers or removing one. If you remove the OW, you remove the YW.
Trump is like an ancient god who restore the center for his believers, so it matters little what he says or does because that is not the meaning of Trump for his followers.
However, as president it does matter what he says or does, for the actions of the President have consequences we all have to live with. If the Liberal world is rational, and the Trump world is irrational, then we have a problem. The American Psyche is divided against itself like a Jungian chart: Reason is at war with Feeling.