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A lot of people don’t like the term “woke,” for their own reasons. I will give you one reason to dislike it — one you may not have heard before, and one that may be a little weird.
The concept of waking up is a wonderful one, found in religion. Awakening out of error or darkness — Adam’s deep sleep — and into truth and light.
“Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion.”
“Awake to righteousness, and sin not.”
“Wachet auf!” “Sleepers, awake!” (Do you want to hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing that glorious Bach work? Go here.)
In the past, I have said (for example), “People need to wake up to that problem.” Or, “Isn’t it great that people are at last awake to that problem?” Now, however, “woke” — the concept of being awake — is associated with political correctness.
What a comedown.
• I highly recommend a column by Bret Stephens. Well, all of them, but I’m thinking of this in particular: “Why Wokeness Will Fail.” “American history is, in many ways, a story of grand protests,” says Bret. “They generally come in two types.”
There are protest movements “that, even in ferocious dissent, believe that the American system is ultimately geared to fulfill its inner promises — of equality, unalienable rights, the pursuit of happiness, e pluribus unum, a more perfect union.”
Then there are movements “that have turned against the system, either because they don’t think the system can meet its promises, or because they never agreed with the promises in the first place.”
The woke stuff, says Bret, is of the second kind, and will crash and burn. Which would be nice.
• “Well, the people were very angry.” That’s what Donald Trump said to Jonathan Karl, who had asked him about the mob on January 6 — the one that
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