I have a Brit Mystery obsession so English cultures filtered through decades of their mysteries is more my own now then American, so I feel right at home here in Blackstone which was named after a famous English jurist.
The classic English mystery is about Order, Order broken by a dark force (murder), and Oder restored by the intuitive detective. But all of this mayhem is punctuated with a civil cup of tea..in the worst of situations when all seems lost, that is the time for a cup of tea, with milk to be proper..panic is restrained when holding a fragile cup of tea.
If British mysteries are the guide, brits love murder and its dark irrationality.. what good is a rational culture that must clip every hedge and bush without the threat of weeds? The more control from the top, the more revolt from the bottom.. there must be controlled release from this tension.. the brits achieve this safety valve through murder mysteries and outrageous comedy of irony.
Let’s look at irony. Irony makes us laugh because it contains the ambiguity of antipodal opposites that are mutually dependent. The opposites in this inquiry is order and chaos: the rational Oder of the village and the sudden invasion of murder, a dark force whose cause must be discovered and removed by a quick hanging, before hanging was ended..the offender of order was quickly dealt with… but disorder always came back like a nightmare.
Order loves chaos best, and chaos loves order in return. Herein is the ambiguity of British culture, a place where order always wins. The British mystery that began with Sherlock is a metaphor for this irony and the pleasure of order restored which is made possible through the pain of order destroyed..the mystery like the ironic comedy contains the ambiguity and transcends it at the same time through the release of the terror of ambiguity where nothing is certain anymore.
I hate to make the leap to Trump-all roads lead to Trump these days-but in the frame of this inquiry Trump is like a Brit mystery where some irrational force has invaded our English village and destroyed it traditional order. Like the murder in the village there seems to be no rational cause, and without a cause it cannot be fixed or removed.. this invokes tremendous anxiety, the fear of losing control. The fear of losing our heritage and our cherished values..
Just as in the Brit mystery all attention is on Trump. The irony is that trumps irrationality makes him both loved and hated at the same time. Like the Joker in Gotham city, trump is wild. Where would Batman be without the Joker? There is nothing order loves more than disorder.
The tension of order/chaos in British culture gives birth to art and comedy. Currently in America it is giving birth to a New Democratic party, a new coalition that like the mystery can both contain the ambiguity and transcend it by moving our history forward again.