I'm becoming more convinced that the vast majority of people need to believe in something bigger than themselves ... something bigger which proposes a deeper meaning to the biological question. I find myself drawn to the same.
People desire to be defined by an external meaning -- a higher authority in their lives to define them. In reality, Victorian Morality is psychologically repudiating for many.
Liberty does not define a person. Liberty is the ability to express freely in ways which a person is already defined. If a person has no definition, liberty is meaningless. Many individuals are living their lives without definition, without meaning, without any need for liberty. Troubling times for humans.
Pre-postmodern era, individuals had been defined by a family, parents, a town, a culture. These relationships had authority. Those social structures have much less influence in defining individuals now that the core family structures have been devalued and cultures mixed beyond recognition of their former existence.
Relationships are now thinly built over electronic networks. These relationships are as inconsequential as a button-click -- "unfollow", "block", "ignore". What seems like a welcomed revolution in electronic networking, however people are starving for deeper relationships which they desperately need for meaningful definition. Many people are living emotionally desolate.
. . . and the people begin starving for something to define them. We have disposed of all previous social structures providing personal identities and moral fencing.
Enter postmodern morality. Enter identity politics.
I see Postmodern morality rising powerfully today where people have become influenced by massive group thinking--group dynamics. For people lacking identities, social justice movements satisfy a person's innate need for definition. Social justice is a relief . . . a cause . . . an identity. These are Postmodern Morality movements, larger than individuals, with authority, and giving people new meaning from which they had been starved. It matters far less the logical validity of these movements as it is to satisfy a human need. We have seen this before in post-WWI Germany. Stripped of identity, Germans were susceptible to follow anything satisfying an identity crisis.
These postmodern Morality movements impose moral stipulations on society. The problem with Postmodern Morality is that there is no reconciliation for the "guilty". "You are a racist". "You are a sexist". "You are a Nazi". People are condemned or praised solely for skin tone. Yet worse still is how these modern social justice movements would continue to degrade personal identities. Lately, it is the 302 gender definitions in US academic institutions. In Canada, identification of a person's sex is now unlawful. Another example is for open borders in an effort to remove cultural identities and cultural bonds. This trend is so troubling, I have very little hope we can reverse the identity crisis in the west without massive conflict. Again . . . Germany post-WWI.
The emotional battle we see today between the left and right is not just politics. Anything the right opposes of the left challenges the left's very identity. The right is not just challenging policies or ideas . . . it is challenging the left's very existence and meaning of living. Wow! This is a mortal struggle where people would do just about anything to retain their identity and meaning. Conversely, it is no hidden point that the right promotes social conservatism recognizing that a close family and culture cohesion is integral to their own identity. Of course, I side with social conservatism.
In summary, I don't see any good outcome where political ideas and policies are so closely tied to people's identity . . . how a person sees themselves as worthwhile and meaningful. These are very troubling times and I do think a new cult religion has risen . . . identity politics/social justice. Although this new religion has given identity to many people, this will drive society to justify politics that can be unjust and violent.
I can usually see the good in things, but in this case, I fear the worst.