Secular messianism and its blind spot
What’s this romance all about, eh? Well, it’s about soi-disant idealistic young people of Jewish origin, largely secular, from middle-class suburban America, steeped in a spiritually arid, materialistic, hedonistic and nihilistic civilization, who have latched on, in desperation, to a form of secular messianism in order to hold their lives together. We have seen this before—among secularized shetl youth in cities such as Kiev and Odessa, in the Russia of Alexander III and Nicholas II. The irony is that, in this state of nirvana, they are utterly blind to the ugly reality of the majority of the population of the Holy Land—the Arab Palestinians. At least, the first crowd could see the trees and the forest.
Dr. Michael Zurowski
Jul 19 2011 - 12:55pm