In the video clip above, hearing Rick Warren appeal to mass totalitarian movements as MODELS for passionate mass organizing, I couldn’t help but think of W.B. Yeats’s poem, “The Second Coming,” specifically this line:
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Rick Warren has it completely reversed.
Passionate intensity stirred in mass audiences is precisely not what the 21st century world needs (lest our century match the tragic history of the 20th century).
The contemporary world needs greater respect for science and universities—and for book reading, reason, critical thinking, irony, humor, and calm deliberation.
What the world does not need more of is personality-driven mass movement messianism—secular or religious.
We need people who are more like cats, difficult to herd—rather than wolves who run in packs.