Welcome to the Desert of the Peale: Why Do Christians Politically Support Liars? (2020)
AuthorsRodkey, Christopher D.show all
Much like the character Neo in the 1999 film The Matrix, Americans during the Trump presidency perpetually awaken in media res, in the middle of things, in a space of tension, conflict, and groundless nihilism. In the film, Morpheus invites Neo into a liminal reality, saying, �Welcome to the desert of the real.�1 Writing about The Matrix, philosopher Slavoj �i�ek suggests in his book Welcome to the Desert of the Real that the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack upon the United States, as a cultural event, is a �return to the Real.� This is to say that the event offered an opportunity to experience �passion for the semblance,� of experiencing emotion openly under the belief that reality itself had changed.