Knowing Like an American
And I am sure epistamericanism as a word is unlikely to gain much traction, so the challenge would be to elucidate what it means in detail, any Joe or Jill could understand and appreciate. "Pissed American" is a good start.
>Another was a longer article with a cynical tone doing a deep dive on the American Civic Religion and all its issues.
It seems that the first two points defining an Epistamerican are contradictory. If Epistamericans believe that there is an objective reality, and therefore objective truth, doesn't it follow that that reality and truth are universal, and therefore totalizing? How can an Epistamerican have an objective reality and allow anyone else to deny it and live contrary to it? You say that Globohomo must be defeated, so even if you allow for plenty of subjectivity (a detriment in my opinion) there is clearly a moral necessity to destroy or supplant rival systems, and if there is a moral necessity, there must be some source of morality.
To touch on the religious aspect (full disclosure, I am Orthodox), suffice to say that if you are Christian, your religion must be totalizing. Christ commands the baptism of all nations, and through the Scriptures and holy Tradition, the inner life of God and His Kingdom, as well as the telos of creation itself are expressly revealed. There is little room for speculation and opinion. Ultimately, Americanism must be made to conform with the revealed (and all-encompassing) Truth, Christ Himself.
It is commendable to work at explaining the nature of Americans as a distinct ethnos, but it must always be within the bounds set by Christ and His Church.
This is Water(*. See the ripples waltzing softly? 😊
🗨 There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is *what* to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship [...] is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive.[...] On one level, we all know this stuff already. It's been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness.
(* delivered at Kenyon in 2005 --> faculty.winthrop.edu/martinme/Thisiswater.htm
In the case of Globohomo, the divine is the endpoint of progress, namely a transcendence of the limits of nature to achieve equity.
This needs to be clearly defined so that people know that equity doesn't mean equal, it means everyone will end up the same, usually broke, stupid, and in debt to a tyrannical government.
Great article. I've been trying to come to terms with my own religion (Protestant), my third generation German/American heritage, all that. The American Spirit (not the tobacco but still a legit synch) is a phrase that often accompanies me, and I don't really know what it is, but it isn't what came before. We really do need a religion to combat GloboHomo, but it ain't gonna be like the religions of the past. An American Spirit is still being forged, and that is an exciting time to be alive.