EVERY Crisis Becomes A Religion If It Lasts Long Enough

“Watch for the moment when you’re told ‘science’ means
not asking questions, defying dogma, or challenging ‘consensus’.
That is the literal definition of faith, not science.”

– John Hayward

AN epic Twitter thread by journalist John Hayward that has been circulating the internet for good reason. It is a thoughtful, timely and magnificent piece of writing and cultural insight unpacked here for you to ponder.


One factor in that transformation is the Beautiful Theory phenomenon: the power elite insists its remedies are logical and politically correct so they MUST work, even if the actual evidence shows they obviously don’t.

When Beautiful Theories crash into hard, cold reality and shatter, faith is the glue used by the elites to put their precious ideas back together. They need MILITANT faith to get the job done: true believers eager to crush doubt and compel obedience by making war on the infidels.

Some are swept into the faith because they desperately crave a sense of control over the crisis. They need to believe Something Can Be Done, and they’d rather invest their faith in debunked Beautiful Theories than have no faith at all. Faith is a coin that demands to be spent.

Some crave social approval, and the purveyors of Beautiful Theories have immense political, economic, and cultural power to make their faith seem fashionable. Virtue signalling is such a plague in modern society because the signals are pre-packaged and made very easy to send.

Some aren’t even hoping they can assert control over a crisis by converting to its religion. They’ll settle for just having some MEANING, some simplicity, a sense that the righteous will fare better than the unbelievers, that virtue will be rewarded while sin is punished.

That’s a very common impulse with the Church of Covid, since the Beautiful Theories were so very obviously wrong. There isn’t much left of the faith except the visceral communal satisfaction of hoping unbelievers will be punished for their blasphemies with sickness and death.

That sort of thing happens with all of the crisis religions, although not usually as quickly and obviously as with the Church of Covid. Look at the endless stream of movies about how the world became an apocalyptic hellscape because people didn’t believe in global warming.

The last resort of every crisis religion, the last thing that puts asses in the pews, is that addiction to misery porn, the collective hope that unbelievers will suffer someday, and everyone will admit the True Faith was right all along as Judgement Day crashes down upon them.

The elite will never have the humility to admit they were wrong, and they’ll never give up on politically or financially profitable “solutions” even when they obviously don’t solve the problem. Founding a crisis religion means they never have to say they’re sorry.

That applies to some very longstanding crises, like the War on Poverty, whose nostrums long ago transformed into fantastically expensive articles of religious faith even as mountains of data accumulated that proved they were utter failures, and often made the problems WORSE.

You can look for some telltale signs of a crisis transforming into a religion. The most obvious one is when the high priests tell you the “war” you’ve been drafted into will never end. They become very angry when asked to define success or failure, or lay out exit strategies.

Watch for the moment when you’re told “science” means not asking questions, defying dogma, or challenging “consensus.” That is the literal definition of faith, not science.

Always keep an eye out for Moving Goalposts, which are the signature miracle of crisis religions, their version of parting the waters or loaves and fishes. Crisis religions work very hard to make their faith unfalsifiable by constantly changing the standards of evidence.

Check to see if certain people are accumulating huge amounts of money and power from a crisis. That’s a pretty good sign it’s turning into a religion. A crisis should be solved as quickly and efficiently as possible. Don’t let it fester long enough to become a special interest.

Above all, look for the whiff of ARROGANCE to develop around a crisis. Wise religions and effective crisis managers have something in common: a sense of humility. Crisis religions are militant faiths that quickly become arrogant, smug, and totalitarian.

Dedicated people who truly want to solve a problem will look for evidence their analysis is wrong, or their policies aren’t working, and make adjustments as quickly as possible, no matter the cost or embarrassment to themselves. This is humility.

Crisis religions are arrogant. They reject criticism, insist their Beautiful Theories MUST be right because they’re ideologically pure – they fit snugly into a worldview that must not be challenged. Their plans only fail because their commands were disobeyed or sabotaged.

The high priests of a crisis religion see devils everywhere, leering at them from the rubble of every failure. Only sin can explain why their Beautiful Theories are tarnished. Failure never THEIR fault, so it must be YOURS. They find your lack of faith disturbing.

And you know what? A LOT of people want to see the world that way, including a great many self-described atheists. They hunger for the comfort of faith and the vibrant energy of militancy. They want to be right, and they want the wrong to suffer for their folly.

Conservatives think religious faith in the State is terrifying and wonder why so many embrace it. It’s because uncertainty is much more frightening. A simple false story is better than a complex true one, and with enough faith, maybe we can force the simple story to be true.

H/t “Every Crisis Becomes a Religion If it Lasts Long Enough” | Tapnewswire


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4 Comments on “EVERY Crisis Becomes A Religion If It Lasts Long Enough”

  1. chaamjamal says:

    Great post.

    Liked by 1 person

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  3. L. E. Deaux says:

    Great post!

    Please note that I have no problem with faith in that which can only be believed and not known (such as God). I have a huge problem with faith in that which is supposedly fact, that is easily disproved.

    Example: There is very accurate science behind the understanding that among GHGs, water vapor has an RFeK value of 1.00 and CO2 has an RFeK value of 1.94 (both confirmed values by the IPCC, NOAA and NASA after hundreds of of studies). There are 25,000 H2O and 400 CO2 molecules per million parts of Atmosphere. There may be another 200 RFeK units out there among other GHGs like CH4, H2SO4, etc… and humans are likely responsible for 1/4th of the RFeK of CO2 and other Trace GHGs.

    Now all heat forcing (RFeK) of GHGs only account for 16.3°K of total climate (wwT = 288.8°K).

    All this is accepted reality by NASA, the NOAA and IPCC. So with these three facts regarding RFeK we can easily calculate the actual anthropogenic CO2 footprint of change since about 1895 assuming* the CO2 level was around 300 ppm** back then.

    CLIMATE (wwT) = 288.8°K
    GHG contribution to CLIMATE = 16.3°K
    ENERGY value of All GHGs = 26,000 units/ppm
    ENERGY value of H2O = 1.00 x 25,000 = 25,000
    ENERGY value if CO2, CH4, etc = 2.00 x 500 = 1,000
    ENERGY value of Anthropogenic GHGs = 1/4

    TOTAL RFeK value of Anthropogenic GHGs contributing to total CLIMATE…

    16.3/288.8°K x 1000/26,000 × 1/4 = Human C:fp
    = +0.0005426°K

    Yep, that is the 125 year gain in CLIMATE that CAN be attributed to anthropogenic CO2 and CH4.

    * The theory that CO2 has been increased by over 100 ppm is not proven, and seems to be heavily based in ice core chemistry gathered by scientists over the last 40 years covering around 750,000 years. There are three serious problems with accepting these ice core samples as accurate without compensating adjustments prior to trapping.

    1. The ice cores assume that snow accumulation traps actual atmospheric CO2 = to that chemistry presence; but without regard to location of the trapping (3-7 miles above the earth) where CO2 is already lower proportionally due to its weight (at.wt.44) compared to the trapping H2O (at.wt.18) that roams far more freely at upper levels of the atmosphere.

    2. The CO2 is not proportionally frozen in place and at snowflake core temperatures of -5 to -15°C it easily sublimated from the surface of the snowflake; a surface are that is typically large compared to trapped volume. Thus, the amount of CO2 that will sublimate rapidly once a surface reaches -70°C cannot be trapped at a level proportional to the atmospheric chemistry and therefore, ice core readings must account for the sublimated loss if CO2 before weight trapping of the subsequent snow events that traps remaining CO2 inside the snowflake. The loss of CO2 before trapping due to the lengthy time elapsed during the fall from formation, surface area of potential sublimation and time elapsed before the over crushing and trapping of remaining CO2 is at least 1/3rd of original CO2, possibly more. And the total trapped at 3-7 miles > Sea Level will not represent the CO2 ppm common at sea level. At -15°C, CO2 dies not attach itself to the snowflake surface. It slides off like a hockey puck on smooth ice. Therefore ice cores are understating CO2 by 1/3rd ti possibly 3/7ths. Finally,

    3. Botanical metabolism demonstrates that over a third of plant species begin to struggle at an extinction level subsidence if CO2 when it reaches about 260-270 ppm CO2 at sea level. While plant species come and go, we do not see the extinction of a third of all plant life during the purported CO2 declines to ranged from 270 to 180 supposedly incurred during ice ages. Adding the 80 to 120 CO2 ppm back into ice core specronomy results to account for sublimated CO2 during the trapping events would correct the extinction paradox, but would also mean that human CO2 additions are significantly less than the 100-125 ppm claimed by AGW CO2 activists. The excess of human induced CO2 not present in the Atmosphere would also mean that it is being absorbed more rapidly by temperate and tropical plants (i.e., we would see a decline in desertification and subsequent greening if the planet). We do! So, although I performed the above calculations on the basis that a 100 ppm rise in CO2 has occurred in the last 125 years; I highly question the rise based on the introduction of sublimation physics into the ice core estimates of paleo-climate ice core chemistry studies.

    **in the late 1800’s and until the 1970’s when Climate Science began modeling using computers, the CO2 component of A was thought to be anywhere from 360 to 400 pom. Why was this historic valuation ratcheted down after ice core samples and computer modeling began? Well if the sublimation issue was ignored by scientists modeling from ice cores, then the models and assumptions would be wrong. Very wrong. Botany cannot be wrong. The math cannot be wrong. What can be wrong is that ice core researchers forgot one very important thing…that a snowflake cannot provide a perfect cross-section of the atmosphere. It can be a starting point, but all the historic chemistry and physics of its creation must be accounted for in the trapping of its elements and compounds.

    Writer is LEED AP

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  4. Owen Abrey says:

    From the beginning I have been saying “If you were part of a mass delusion how would you know?”

    Perhaps the question at first blush seems overly simplistic, but then one reads this essay and there appears to be some answers.

    Liked by 2 people

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