So this psychiatrist, James L. Fleming, “the chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Caucus on Climate Change and Mental Health, member of the APA’s Committee on Climate Change and Mental Health, and member of the Steering Committee on Climate Psychiatry Alliance”, suffers from, I promise you, “climate dread.”
Which can be removed, he says (in effect), by following the proper rituals in the one of the growing Cults now flourishing in the West.
I mean this word in its rich pagan sense, and not the sordid modern one. The new Cults are genuine religions, not small groups led by lunatic perverts looking to score or who are in love with death.
Most of you will have seen the news from Gallup that a majority in the USA no longer belong to an “official” religion. This is misleading. What it really means is that most no longer identify with Christianity in any of its formal denominations. The same is true in the UK: only 38% admit being Christian, and fewer still attend Church.
But this does not mean those who are outside orthodox Christianity do not belong to an official religion. Because most of them adhere to the State religion, which itself is formed of many Cults. And, of course, it is not one State, but many, all sharing the same tenets.
The Cult of Health we all know. It has been growing in strength and number since its success in banning smoking. It’s joyless adherents force us to pay obeisance to it, and to show outward faith by joining the Cult of the Mask. Your mask does not protect you, the mantra intones, it protects others. There is no better example of religious thinking than that.
What the Woke Cult worships is obvious. It has for its demons “whiteness” and “white supremacy”. These demons are cast out by, for example, monthly cash payments to non-whites, like in Oakland, and by the official preaching of critical race theory.
For four years during Trump’s reign, the Cult of Climate still existed, but it gained fewer adherents than before. Its core members never lost their earnestness, and proselytizing was difficult. The Cult was somewhat deprived of official funds at that time.
That has changed. The oligarchs behind the current regime have declared the worship of the Planet shall recommence. Money is flowing again.
Priests in these Cults are similar to imams in Islam, in the weak sense that there is no hierarchy that chooses leaders, except those directly working for the State. Anybody can become a worship leader in a Cult by the obvious procedure of gaining a following. The simplest way to do that is to follow the State line.
The psychiatrist Fleming is, given his titles, a minor imam of at least two Cults, Climate and Woke.
He says he was “inspired” in his Climate Cult rites “by insights I have received from my Black psychiatric colleagues”, a clear signal of his Wokeness. These helpful blacks “put the climate crisis into proper perspective as a result of their resilience in the face of the disproportionate adverse environmental impacts and threats to their very survival, both individually and collectively.” You’d think, though, that if global warming were real, blacks would suffer least. But let that pass.
He says “the climate crisis is inextricable from the fight for social justice, including systemic racism and health care inequities”. All the biggest Cults are there, save one, which is coming in a moment.
Fleming describes his own growing awareness of the deities in the Climate Cult. He said he “was reflecting on an article about the fires in the Mohave and invasive grasses, which had been one more trigger for my own sense of climate dread.” My emphasis, though I doubt our worship leader would take issue with it.
Climate dread. What could that be? Dread there is a climate? Dread that tomorrow’s weather won’t be the same as today’s? Or a painful belief in a looming apocalypse, blacks hardest hit, unless worship of the Cult of Science is mandatory?
He wrote a psalm to the Cult of Science. It is a small collection of short sentences printed as their own paragraphs. It is purple, and he will not find many chanting it. Here is the Science litany:
And looking up:
The Tidal Wave
that Government Behemoth waking up
After four years of slumber,
“Departments of Science,” bringing back scientists
Listening to scientists!—imagine that!
Odd that he admits the State as a “behemoth”, which it is, but one worthy of worship now that it was re-Woken. For it is the State that feeds the Cult of Science, or, more properly, the Cult of The Science.
What sacrifices would the pious Fleming be prepared to make for this Cult we wonder.
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