I’m exploring the sacred and how the Ayatolla and the Nixonian conservative Right are the same. Both are seeking to restore the sacred; in Iran the sacred is Islam and the cleric is head of the state/religion. The laws of the state and God are the same laws, and that law is sacred. Obey or lose your head.
In the West, however, since we have a secular society, the nation must be the sacred, and obedience to the nation is sacred, and the President is the head of the sacred nation. America is the sacred nation and the President is its emissary or symbol. If you are against the president you are against the sacred. You see how Iran and America are just shadows of each other. No wonder we are in conflict. We are always fighting our shadow, says C. Jung.
If you look at the Islamic clampdown on the liberation of women and creative energy of the 60s and 70s, it was the same conservative clampdown of Nixon in the wake of the 1968 chaos of the Dem convention where the experiment in freedom of the 60s all came undone. We need a wide-angle mind here.
What was the 60s anyway in the wider context of Western history but a crack in the cosmic egg of a viewpoint of reality that had been dominant since the Enlightenment and the birth of science and the Newtonian universe that ran like a clock. God and the subjective viewpoint had been bypassed, and material form was in the saddle and rode mankind. Where was value? Where was the sacred now? Everything was reduced to the pursuit of pleasure through consumer goods. That was the utopia of the 50s. Buy a new fridge and you will be in the Kingdom of God.
Nixon brought back the sacred by inviting the Souther Evangelicals into the secular fold. Ironically, America and the Brits dethroned the Iranian democracy and set the stage for a conservative control of the rambunctious female liberated society. Let’s face it. Democracy liberates Feminine energy, creative energy and throws off the corset and the shackles of social conformity. Whos in control here?
After the break out of the 60s and the chaos of the. 70s when men were women and women were men, the Father came back to put the children in line and bend them back into social obedience. Patriotism didn’t mean a revolt of free conscience to follow your own dream, no, it means being obedient, it meant duty to society and order. God and nation are one and you cannot question either.
In this wide-angle lens Conservative America and conservative Iran are the same. No wonder we hate each other; each is the shadow projection of the other. The Conservatives are religious hypocrites, clerics disguised as secular politicians. And the Iranic clerics wear their religion upfront. Both have one thing in common; they suppress the female principle and energy of inclusion and freedom of the body and expression.
Right means control and security; Left means experimentation and risk. Each is a manifestation of the two hemispheres of the human brain. Rational versus intuition; thought versus feeling; mind versus body.
The interesting thing about a wide-angle lens (if you know photography) is that win that lense you see the whole background and everything is in focus, but nothing particular is important. But, then, once everything is in focus, we can zoom in on particulars, always remembering that the reference is the true background, not a green screen projection.
Both the Iranian revolution and Nixon were afraid of reefer madness and declared a war on drugs and the liberation of women/our bodies.