Thursday, November 10, 2022

The Spiritual Life of Voters

The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life by Emile Durkheim and The Spiritual Life of Children by Robert Coles might offer explanations for the surprising turn of the midterm elections. The result which are far closer than anyone expected discountenance the notion that an esoteric idea like democracy no longer has meaning for the electorate. The Democrats were chastised for the not sticking to the bread and butter issues, inflation and crime which comprised the Republican message. Can a concept like “due process” have any relevance with crime rising in streets and prices going up at the gas pump? One of the essential tenets of Democracy, central to the notion of "checks and balances," is that reason can tame appetite. Trump’s Polonius to Laertes style advice to Blake Masters  to say the election was “rigged and stolen," a direct attack on democracy itself, did not turn out to be the winning formula for the Republican senate hopeful. What Democracy has in common with the spiritual life is that it’s an idea that traffics in intangibles that are, like “inalienable rights,” sometimes counterintuitive. The results of the midterm elections vindicate the notion that “political man” cannot live by bread alone.

read "God Redux" by Francis Levy, HuffPost

and listen to "Police State" by Pussy Riot

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