A brief foray into Mimetic Desire, Scapegoating, and Christianity without Christ
having lived abroad this looks even weirder than when I lived in the US: "the West is the only place where we self-flagellate our own culture to gain status."
There is no Christianity without Christ. He left no room for doubt. He claimed to be the Son of God, and God himself. That was the primary reason why the Pharisees sought to kill him. Trying to emulate Christ’s morals while missing the point of him coming to die for our sins to save us from hell is like admiring the label of a bottle of vintage wine while never drinking from it.
Fukuyama's thoughts on struggle echo Orwell's thoughts on Hitler's offer to the people of Germany "Hitler has said to them ‘I offer you struggle, danger and death,’ and as a result a whole nation flings itself at his feet." - https://bookmarks.reviews/george-orwells-1940-review-of-mein-kampf/