A Global Pandemic as Initiation Rite
Reality was shattered and reshaped during the 2020 pandemic. Many people lost their minds in the process. Across the world, personal agency was crushed under lockdowns. Millions saw their aged loved ones die suddenly. Yet “due to Covid,” grieving family members were barred from holding their elders’ hands as they passed over. Prayers were sent through smartphone screens instead. Similar to initiation rites conducted by ancient mystery cults and savage tribes, humanity was taken through a global ritual of trauma and transformation.
In public spaces, every face was concealed by a mask. At the same time, the inner soul was laid bare online. All eyes were locked on digital devices. Our organic social fabric was torn apart by media-stoked germaphobia, and otherwise normal people became tech-dependent screen monkeys. Entire societies went into the COVID-19 hysteria in one mode and came out the other side as something quite different.
The biosecurity state warned if you breathed the open air, your lungs would rot out. If you touched another person—even your loved ones—the blood would congeal in your veins. For those who believed everything they heard on TV, death was literally everywhere. Best to stay home. Sanitize any object that comes in from the outside. Never meet another person without a mask. In fact, it’s better not to meet any person at all.
People retreated from one another in total panic, finding solace in their devices. Rapidly, and with no apology, humanity was plugged into various digital grids on an unprecedented scale. A Chinese virus jumped out of a test tube (or a bowl of bat soup) and spread across the planet, while Chinese-style technocracy rode westward on a cloud of invisible germs. We were told that mass surveillance, automation, “touch-free” technology, and a bio-social credit score could save us from certain death.
This sci-fi convergence of Chinese technocracy and Western showbiz was more absurd than human-monkey chimeras dancing the Watusi. During the lockdowns—or “stay at home orders”—it was like the lights went black on the American stage. Dusty props were quickly rearranged. The audience fidgeted in their masks, stared down at their smartphones, and spazzed over every cough and sneeze. Suddenly, the spotlights lit up and a freshly powdered cast of technocrats appeared.
NIH director Anthony Fauci stood center stage. At first he urged no masks. Then he called for mandatory masks. Then double masks. After that, it was warp speed to the double Vaccine and endless “boostahs.” The self-styled philanthropist Bill Gates stood by in his ill-fitted sweater, hawking the new mRNA “information therapy” that his investment had made possible. The subsequent worldwide science experiment, forced on human lab rats, was deemed “one hundred percent safe and effective.”
Half the audience cheered. The other half threw their drinks at the stage.
As germaphobia produced variants of agoraphobia, we saw Jeff Bezos dominate the new “contactless” retail economy. He piled empty Amazon boxes to the stratosphere, each one branded with an arrow smile that looks like a curved penis. Bezos then used his earnings to blast himself into space in a phallic rocket. Out of nowhere, Mark Zuckerberg revealed his secret virtual reality project and announced that the world was finally ready to transition to the metaverse.
All of this fit neatly into Klaus Schwab’s Fourth Industrial Revolution paradigm—the “convergence of the physical, the digital, and biological worlds.” After decades of operating without notice, suddenly Schwab was shoved into the spotlight to announce a “Great Reset” for the world. Alongside him was Yuval Noah Harari, whose prophecy of a coming “Homo Deus”—the cyborg God Man—appeared to be taking shape.
Hisses erupted from the audience house-right. Rumors of nanobots spread like a virus.
When the chaos onstage subsided and the audience seemed ready to revolt, we saw Elon Musk stride into the spotlight. He gestured left and right. He promised autonomous cars, colonies on Mars, affordable robot slaves, AI-powered brain chips, and of course, free speech on Twitter. Sauntering to the right, he positioned himself as a hero who would take on the “woke” American Left and the globalists at the World Economic Forum. Ironically, Musk was the direct fulfillment of the cyborg “God Man” whom Harari had promised and warned about.
As this drama unfolded from one act to the next, it was never clear how much was scripted, and how much was chaotic improv. Like any complex historical event, it was a bit of both.
Throughout human history, traumatic initiation rites have been used to mark a group member’s maturity. This is a transitional episode from one’s larval state to a concrete identity. In both tribal and civilized societies, these rites involved periods of total isolation and even torture, including physical pain, deep terror, and psychotropic potions. The ordeals concluded with a ritualized re-emergence and the granting of social status and responsibility.
“In order to be created anew, the old world must first be annihilated,” the eminent Mircea Eliade wrote in 1958. “In the scenario of initiatory rites, ‘death’ corresponds to the temporary return to Chaos; hence it is the paradigmatic expression of the end of a mode of being—the mode of ignorance and of the child’s irresponsibility. Initiatory death provides the clean slate on which will be written the successive revelations whose end is the formation of a new man.”
The lockdowns, followed by partial re-opening, were a global initiation rite—figuratively speaking. Instead of emerging from a dark cave to receive ritual scarring or genital mutilation, we got experimental mRNA “vaccines” and digital passports. A large portion of our species transitioned from some semblance of organic being to a consolidated technocratic regime.
Like most degenerate practices in the modern world, this makeshift ritual lacked rhythm, coherence, profound meaning, or any real sense of aesthetic. Worse, the normies were all for it.
It was as if a master switch had been flipped. The entire planet was hardwired for control. In practically every developed nation, human contact was cut off and replaced by digital connection. Data was mined at historic scales. A similar process occurred in the Third World, but with cheaper tech and the additional trauma of mass starvation. Half of humanity emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic in a new form—name-brand cyborgs crawling around electric antfarms, each one pulsating in unison with various corporate queens.
Copyright © 2023 Joe Allen. Excerpted by permission of Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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