This is nothing new, religious fanatics have been behaving this way forever. And, as the latest religious fanatics, we are behaving this way right now.
We are talking about the difference between what we believe and what we really are. The religious fanatic believes he (as an impersonation of God) is everything. Everyone else only sees a deluded being – a nobody. However, he may have acquired many believers, who share in his belief in themselves. They have been transformed into supernatural beings – like being that way, and will gladly sacrifice their lives to stay that way.
But for the latest mass passion – in the Christian sense, in what its believers believe to be the ultimate transcendence of man – a leader is not necessary at all. They, as new gods, have become perfect: all-knowing and all-powerful. Leaders may appear temporarily to explain the ways of God to Man, but but usually the masses have this knowledge already – as a direct revelation to all at once, and for all time.
Psychologically, this is a split between a conscious Good Self – and an unconscious Bad Self. The Bad Self is projected onto our enemies. Naturally, we retain the Good Self for ourselves. Nothing has changed for thousand of years.
But we believe something has changed – and something vital: our advanced technologies, which have made us this way. We now exist as a global force: invisible, but all-powerful. And we even have dreams of occupying space!
A short review of recent American history will be of help. The turning point was the coronation of Regan (that was what really was, as was recognized at the time). He showed Americans how to be wonderful nobodies – and they have been eternally grateful to him. He also destroyed America, which they agreed was essential. The Old America, with its liberal ideas and its belief in social betterment (a evil idea!) had to be destroyed so that a Perfect America might arise.
The war between Good and Evil has been joined again. God’s elect has ascended to heaven – but a heaven on earth. They have returned to participate in the Final Battle with Evil – one that will usher in a reign of eternal glory.
And of an eternally self-perfecting technology.