Why is Wokeism so attractive to so many? – IOTW Report

Why is Wokeism so attractive to so many?

American Thinker:
By Steve Rose

Wokeism offers pre-packaged, shrink-wrapped, off-the-shelf righteousness to anyone who bends the knee. It requires little effort, sacrifice, or intelligence. Simply believe, complain, criticize, and accuse—it’s that easy. In exchange, you’re rewarded with a flattering identity: you’re now a crusader/warrior/hero who vanquishes villains (imaginary villains, but villains nonetheless)—all at seemingly no cost. It’s free handouts of meaning in life. It can seem quite attractive.


But there’s a catch: it drains away your humanity.

There’s also a hidden cost: it requires a significant lack of self-awareness.

This lack of self-awareness creates a crucial vulnerability.

Wokeism is ultimately a religion for the faithless. They think they’re morally superior to everyone who isn’t in their cult, based on their newly invented, highly imaginative, man-made system of ethics. Lurking beneath every one of their policies is the implicit message: “I’m a good person, but you’re not.”

They’re delusional, of course, like cult members who have been dangerously brainwashed. But this offers us a key advantage.

They’re working to undermine America from within. If that’s how they want to play, we can do the same to them. This means understanding how they think and undermining them from within.

But how?

23 Comments on Why is Wokeism so attractive to so many?

  1. You can’t undermine morons with thinking on their own field. You undermine them with bullets, hatchets, arrows, spears… But, of course, that means thinking.

  2. A primary element of “wokism” is self-righteous indignation and anger. There are reasons to look into whether these emotions trigger the production of brain chemicals such as endorphin and dopamine which mediate pleasure responses. That’s a fancy way of saying “wokism” may well be 𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 addictive.

    David Brin is a PhD physicist, an insightful authority on transparency, privacy and security, a very fine fiction author, and an overall interesting fellow, wrote about this back in 2005. Recommended reading:

  3. Because they have no real skills, no purpose, and they are afraid that they will be discovered as the frauds they are.

    I also believe they are true racists who do not believe that people can think for & adapt on their own.

  4. Uncle AL, good point about wokism possibly being addictive.
    Wokism is a cult with its simplified speech, strict group behavioral adherence and thought control.
    Cults make people think they belong and feel safe even though
    it is an illusion. Feel good brain chemistry must be part of the attraction of the cult.

  5. It makes people feel good about themselves and feel superior to others by being woke. The fact that one person isn’t upset, proves to the wokist that he is superior. He can see his own faults while the other person can’t..

  6. I think Rose is right about how things like wokeism get started, but a large part of how it spreads is the monkey see, monkey do/echo chamber effect. All my friends are woke, so I “feel” I must be too. Never underestimate peer pressure.

  7. They have been conditioned to get a pat on the head for regurgitation of this shot since kindergarten. My brother and I figured it out by about the seventh grade and simply opted out. We both only showed up for school to take tests or if we felt like it. We just read the book and showed up to take the tests. It kicked my ass in college because I actually had to study because engineering classes used to cover so much real material that there wasn’t any possibility of the class being 90 percent leftist indoctrination and 10 percent content.

  8. “Why is Wokeism so attractive to so many?”

    Because woke propaganda releases dopamine into the brain. Truth causes indigestion.

  9. Thank you for the link, Uncle Al. Agree wholeheartedly with the author’s premise.
    Also, strongly believe that there is a spiritual (demonic) component involved. Fear is the opposite of Love. It has been so corrupted, that many people today seem incapable of understanding what Love truly is. I believe self righteousness, pride, arrogance, etc are all derivatives of the Spirit of Fear.
    Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places….
    I suspect it’s why we are commanded to love and pray for our enemies. As far as Jesus is concerned, they are the harvest. Tough assignment!
    May God have mercy on us all. 🙏🏼

  10. Steve Rose holds his truth self-evident. Which is expected. For his fellow cultists. But first, you need to recite that article of faith: “They are us. Their attacks must be endured, as we can not rid ‘us’ of ‘them’.”

  11. Anonymous hold his colostomy bag. Which is evidently full. But first, he needs to wheel his chair to his Commodore 64. His faith being “placed unto the service of the State”.

  12. The core of being woke is predicated on the original sin.

    The initial lie of Satan to seduce Eve to exalt herself above the Lord God Almighty.

    To exalt yourself as abiter of all knowledge is to deny God.

    Lucifer using the same measures and lies manifest today.

    Surely you shall not die…and the moment you deny God is the moment you embrace Satan.

    When you understand the world today is 90% controlled by Satanists it all starts to make sense.

  13. How pernicious is wokeism? The powers behind it have been playing the long game.
    The Greatest Generation: America and Freedom!!
    60s: Hippies, protests, The Man is bad
    70s: the ones that protested the Vietnam War start infiltrating the school system and indoctrinating
    80s: a slight return of Americanism under President Reagan while the left is continuing to take over education and the press
    90s: full-blown, in-your-face, press telling everyone that we had to succumb to diversity (in everything except thought)
    00s: another slight return to center-right because of 9/11, at least until the recession where the left could again exert control and really start being woke
    10s: full woke. You now have to think their way, or you must be cancelled. Hmm, sounds like socialism
    Today: the long game (no, not the superfluous bowl later today) continues

  14. They’ve been corrupting education since the 1930s.
    NEA and AFT were early targets of Comintern (Communist International).

    mortem tyrannis
    izlamo delenda est …

  15. @Tim – FJB: “They’ve been corrupting education since the 1930s.”

    Longer than that. Here in the U.S.A., they’ve been corrupting education since the days of Horace Mann.

  16. When I was in Jr high school I took a yoyo to school and within a week there were twenty kids walking around with yoyos. Then I modified my jeans to make the bell bottoms wider soon it was a fad. For some reason I became a trend setter and this followed me through high school. I concluded that some people are just followers. I like to be creative use my likes and tastes to live and make things suit me not be a clone of others. I believe being woke suits followers because they feel empowered and important. And especially because it intends to make everyone just like them followers with no idea what to do if they are not being told.

  17. Uncle Al,
    Forgot about Mann – was thinking of Dewey.
    From Antioch College (vis a vis Mann) “… since education was not free at the time.”
    “If you think it’s expensive now, wait until it’s free!”
    (dead white dude)

    mortem tyrannis
    izlamo delenda est …


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