Robert Jensen urges “sensible” people to become apocalyptic. Sensible and apocalyptic are not typically joined together – though one of the definitions of apocalypse is a revelation or a disclosure, which is described by Jensen as a “lifting of the veil” or a “coming to clarity.” Given that many of us have doubts about the state of the world, it makes sense to me that now is the time for us all to “lift the veils” that prevent us from seeing the truth and acting upon our deepest values.
Many of us are just too busy to really pay attention to what is happening in our world. Along with being busy we are also subject to enormous propaganda – in the form of advertisements, political lobbying, media & marketing.
If we did as Jensen urged what might we encounter as we “lifted the veil?” What might be revealed? We might notice that our democratic system is floundering. That our economic system is not stable – our country is deep in debt. That our education system is not working. That the disparity between the rich and the poor continues to grow causing many to face food insecurity, unemployment or paycheck to paycheck existence.