27 April 2006
You've got to hand it to those fundamentalists: they can provide the answers that modernity and the market take away. Perhaps not good answers, but answers nonetheless. Like what's worth dying for? Who are we actually and what're we about? What's a good long-term goal to believe in? Meanwhile we're seeing a creeping commodification and the alienation of the individual from the products of their labour and from their body, even their body-products; and from kinship and community - traded in for incorporation into intense, almost frictionless, generalised exchange. It's a bit of a leap for that vulnerable animal nurtured in the particularity of a family setting. Expect adolescents to make the best recruits. The rest seem to settle for putting away the sophomoric yearning in a drawer next to the folded socks and the dignity of unexceptional lives.