This from one of the geek blogs I read, in response to our recent Big Weather Events:
English needs, I think, a word for “beliefs which are motivated by the terror of being powerless against large threats”.
The (apparently atheist) author goes on to describe liberal aversion to Global-Warming-Denial, and concludes:
It took me a while to model the frame of mind that produced this, but when I managed to I had an insight. Which is why I’m writing this essay. I think, now, what I actually threatened was R’s belief that he, or somebody, could do something emotionally satisfying about the bad weather. Fix it, or prevent it from recurring, or at least punish the bastards who did it.
Supernaturalizing the causes of large-scale misfortunes has become a difficult strategy to sustain for anyone with more exposure to modern scientific knowledge than a cinderblock. Politicizing them into someone’s bad juju, however…that’s easy. And, perhaps, more attractive than ever before – because the alternative is to feel powerless, and that is painful. …
Yes, we need a word for this…“politicism”, perhaps. The insistence on locating for every large-scale problem a human cause that can be addressed through politics and a set of serviceable villains to punish. …
One reason I’m not a politicist is that I don’t want to be any part of a howling mob. It’s a form of self-restraint I recommend to others.
Sound anything like the Transformationalist’s natural tendency to politicize?