The Dawn of the Apocalypse
“The powerlessness many will feel in the face of ecological and economic chaos will unleash further collective delusions, such as fundamentalist beliefs in a god or gods who will come back to earth and save us. The Christian right provides a haven for this magical thinking. Crisis cults spread rapidly among Native American societies in the later part of the 19th century as the buffalo herds and the remaining tribes faced extermination. The Ghost Dance held out the hope that all the horrors of white civilization — the railroads, the murderous cavalry units, the timber merchants, the mine speculators, the hated tribal agencies, the barbed wire, the machine guns, even the white man himself — would disappear. Our psychological hard wiring is no different.”
We're through the looking glass for sure. What's going to happen in the next few decades is very likely to get very ugly. In America at least I see a retreat from reason into delusion across a broad spectrum of society over my lifetime. I hope I'm wrong.
Yes, maybe, but there's also an interpretation that says that while societies generally are becoming more secular and abandoning religion, the dwindling religious are becoming more toxic and fundamentalist and authoritarian inclined. The difference between now and the past is that science is now central to our lives. During the pandemic religion did not sky rocket in popularity. On the contrary. However in America in particular the religious got crazier. Most people saw the critical value of science however. The religious make a lot of noise, well beyond their numbers, and their numbers are declining.