Jail of Symbols

The Argentinean dictator Juan Domingo Perón easily changed his beliefs from rightist to leftist and back but he never departed from insisting that everything in the country should revolve around his name and his persona. You couldn’t engage in any act of public life, be it academic, professional, religious, athletic, or of any other kind, without simultaneously engaging with the image of Perón. Literary critic Carlos Granés calls this “symbolic jail” or “a jail of symbols.” You have the freedom of physical movement but your consciousness is imprisoned by the peronist imagery.

Today we live in the jail of far-left symbols. We have to work hard to create a tiny place we can crawl in to take a little respite from them. We have to devise strategies to hide our children, protect our livelihoods, and enjoy life. And the absolutely maddening thing is that it’s all done for the benefit of the tiniest slivers of the population. Juan Domingo Perón, at least, appealed to the masses. Millions of people sincerely worshipped him. Dumb they might have been but they existed. The “anti-police nonbinary drag artist” from yesterday’s White House ceremony, on the other hand, does not have majority support. I’m sure that Biden himself is convinced that “the artist” belongs in a bar and not at a serious event. I mean, imagine being 80 years old, finally becoming POTUS, and then having to pretend your role in life is to promote a guy whose job is to jump up and down in a dress singing “Show Me Your Dick.”

Neither we nor Biden have a choice, though. We can avoid coming across all kinds of art but we cannot avoid the dick artist unless we make extraordinary efforts to avoid all news, all screens, and all humans.

It’s normal and good to come together over the symbols we share and that have relevance to us. We are all about to come together over the shared symbolism of Christmas, which is a celebration of the very foundation of our civilization. But when every mother suddenly starts devising strategies to talk to her kids about puberty blockers – which are not a foundation of anything and haven’t even existed until 3 seconds ago – there’s something wrong here.

6 thoughts on “Jail of Symbols

  1. Yes it is really like a weird new religion. Have you seen the guy, erm I mean person, who won the novel of the year in Germany AND Switzerland? https://www.deutscher-buchpreis.de/en
    The way the critics talk about him is so strange, like “this novel is a gift, we have to be thankful, this is something completely new and profound, almost holy”… it is some sort of mass delusion. Maybe to avoid facing the real problems in our world today to which there are no simple solutions … it is so simple to instead worship these probably slightly disturbed individuals and be really careful not to offend them.

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    1. “some sort of mass delusion”

      It’s a compliance test. Factions/elements in the governing class are maniacally obsessed with being able to dictate reality and have everyone just accept it.
      Earnestly stating that yes, a woman can have a functioning peener and sack (trying to avoid b0ts here) and that men can menstruate is a test of what they can get away with.
      Worse is coming.

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      1. The last few years have been a long series of such tests: wear a mask (that doesn’t work), get a shot (that’s completely experimental and we have no safety data on), now get another, and another, and another, now download this app and show it to access services that you’ve never needed special permission to access before, now do all this to your kids, now repeat these five blatantly untrue things…

        I’m happy to report that I’ve failed this test repeatedly, and that I’ve arranged my life pretty well for that failure. Still got some ducks to put in rows for the tests I think are coming up.

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  2. “it is some sort of mass delusion.”
    Yes, worshiping at the altar of the bizarre and the revolting, to show that you are”with it”, thus proving that you are one of the Elect.
    Whoring after strange gods indeed, as Holy Writ warns us not to [Deut. 31, 16].

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  3. “some sort of mass delusion”

    It’s a compliance test. Factions/elements in the governing class are maniacally obsessed with being able to dictate reality and have everyone just accept it.
    Earnestly stating that yes, a woman can have a functioning peener and sack (trying to avoid b0ts here) and that men can menstruate is a test of what they can get away with.
    Worse is coming.

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