The Benefits of The Plague….and Trump by Karen Tate


You might be asking yourself, “Is Karen losing her mind?” Last post she’s asking us “Are Your Shackles Showing?” as she writes this morbid and scary piece reminiscent of movies where someone is being held captive by a serial killer, and now this (I think most of you realized I was writing about being held captive by patriarchy and predator capitalism.), talking about the benefits of the Black Death – while we’re shuttered-in trying to dodge this virus.  And she sees a benefit of Trump?!

Stay with me here.  Let me explain. 

When the Orange Jumpsuit moved his clan of crooks and cronies into the White House I told my friends to take a deep breath and wait.  I could understand people gave him a shot because neither party, the Republicans nor the Corporate Democrats, were doing much for them.  Desperate voters turned a blind eye to what many of us could have predicted came along with Trump.  As scary as this man was and is, he was necessary.  He was the perfect and tactical move of Goddess or the Universe, who is sometimes about tough love and not just sweetness and light.

What this reality television star brought to the fore was really nothing new.  It was the hidden under-belly of society exposed.  Capitalism, patriarchy and bigotry on steroids.  Sexism.  Racism.  Homophobia.  Religious fundamentalism.  White Supremacy.  Nationalism. Ignorance.  Selfishness. I don’t have to tell you.  I think you’ve been watching, or at least peeking out when your stomach wasn’t sick.

People had to see it, absorb it, feel this guy in their gut every day to inspire change and action.  It was an important lesson in what forces were calling the shots, setting the tone and narrative we don’t need or want if we’re working toward an evolved humanity.  Trump offered us that transparency.   He’s like a piece on a chess board. He did us a service and he continues to do so every morning with his propaganda appearances. We can’t bury our heads in the sand.  We can’t pretend the world is in a good place and the United States is Number One.  He forced so many of us off the couch.  We’re looking into options to predator capitalism.  We’re fighting back.  (Weinstein got 23 years!)  It’s a slow process to change the direction of this Titanic of patriarchy and predator capitalism.  Hang in there!

And Trump continues his role, serving a very important purpose in his catastrophic response to the virus.  He showed us what denying the importance of scientists, like the CDC pandemic response team gets us.  He’s showing us what sending jobs overseas and closing manufacturing in the United States is costing us.  He’s showing us the dangers of not having Medicare for All as we try to figure out how to test people for the virus.  (I learned today my friend got a $1200 lab bill for her annual pap smear!)  We’re seeing the results of the arrogance of Nationalism and greed of capitalism as Trump rejected WHO and German test kits. As we watch his morning circus act, a political tactic for the upcoming election, we see the lies and misdirection. We see the lack of empathy and maybe his followers will too as they come to the realization they’re at risk.   We see the ineptitude of the political party that doesn’t believe in government, said it should be so small it could be drowned in a bath tub.  A party which believes all our tax dollars needs to go to prop up rich corporations and the military industrial complex while they cut food stamps and suggest payroll tax cuts as an angle to further damage Social Security – you know that thing we paid into all our lives, they like to call “entitlements” as if we’re wanting something we are not entitled to even though we paid for it.  And how will Trump benefit with all his hotels if the government bails out the hospitality industry?  Think about it.  Like the banks after the Wall Street collapse while average people lost their homes.
Okay, okay, I’m getting to the Benefits of the Plague. 

I told my friends I believe this virus was another perfect and tactical move of Goddess or the Universe.  We are so entrenched in believing “it’s the way things are” and our ability to adapt to more and more abuse and exploitation, because, I believe, we’ve been conditioned by many religions that suffering and sacrifice is noble.   We hear, well this is the way it always was – no it wasn’t.  Or, “I’ve got to put up with it, so why shouldn’t you?”  And some rightfully are concerned about all the deaths and collateral damage from the virus. Of course they are.  I am too.  My husband is someone who is at risk.

Well, I believe Covid 19, while not as dangerous as the Black Death, is going to shake things up big time over the months ahead.  My friend and I were talking about how we’re already seeing how much more important the truck driver delivering the tissue paper is than the hedge fund manager.  Or how much more useful to society is the cashier at the grocery store than the super model.  Or how nurses are our real sheroes, not guys who can shoot hoops.  Our values are being put to the test.  We’re seeing who we really need to make society function, who is valuable in this society.  The once diminished and under-valued are the ones coming to our rescue.

In this conversation with my friend, she told me about the benefits of the Great Plague on humanity she learned  from the Great Courses classes available on Amazon Prime.   Just some of the benefits of the Black Death (and you can google this) was the beginning of humanism, freedom of thought and the middle class.  We became healthier, feudalism ended. People who were the grunts in society realized their value and decided they wanted a piece of the pie. She told me, and I agree, this virus will teach us we need to restore manufacturing and unions in this country and pay people who have been low down on the totem pole a living wage with benefits because these are the folks who are keeping society afloat, doing the truly essential jobs we truly need in this crisis. Cleaning.  Driving trucks.  Sewing masks. Selling us food and medicine.  The people on the front lines at the hospital and urgent care facilities, the butcher, the gas station attendant, the people at utility companies, the guy picking the fruit.  We’re seeing how we need Medicare for All.  How we must value science and education and teachers!

My friend and I think when this virus is over the world will be changed forever.  No longer will we tolerate the predator capitalism.  We’ll demand our tax dollars serve the people and not the 1% who doesn’t need our money or tax cuts.  We’ll demand manufacturing and unions be restored in this country so we don’t have to depend on other countries for essentials in times of crisis or continue to exploit workers.  And how many of the saviors out there during this crisis are women?  None of these essential people are going to roll over and go back to being marginalized, underpaid and under-valued.  Never again!

Like Rosie the Riveter, a cultural icon of WWII, showing the power and ability of women outside the home, she symbolized a trend of change, and so will this virus.   I don’t yet know what that iconic symbol will be to move us toward Democratic Socialism and income equality, shifting our minds toward the We and the Us instead of the I and the Me, but rest assured, we’re watching the times change before our eyes.  This is what a revolution looks like on a daily basis.  Step by step.  This virus along with the Orange Jumpsuit are shifting humanity’s psyche and hearts to value those once taken for granted.

And one final thing….I’ve read Saturn is about to move into Aquarius for two years creating a climate of those Aquarian values we’ve been waiting for.  All in all, there’s a lot of help on the horizon for the planet, coming from the most unexpected places!

 

Rev. Dr. Karen Tate is a six-times published author, social justice activist, speaker, teacher and host of the long-running radio show, Voices of the Sacred Feminine on Blog Talk. Karen is the author of three books and she’s curated three anthologies, referred to as the “manifesting a new normal” trilogy. The most recent, Awaken the Feminine, was just out in

early 2019. You can find her books, talks, blog and radio show by visiting http://www.karentate.net. 


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  1. Since I do not believe in an omnipotent Goddess, I do not think she orchestrated the current situation; I am partial to the view that we created it through environmental destruction of habitats where wild animals lived their own lives without contact with human beings. However, I do agree with you that we can use this situation as a stimulus to rethink our habits of thinking and living. We can make changes for the better in our world. I hope we will move in the directions you suggest. I do fear that predatory capitalists will also try to use this situation to increase the power of the one percent. I hope we can stop them.

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    • Karen Tate is top notch. I am thinking about getting back to writing. But with Dementia, it might be hard. Karen’s post helped me to realize I can write again? I like Carl P. Christ’s notion also. There is no external God/Goddess. The entire universe is Goddess/God and beyond the words. So-Phi-a IS infinity. Thus Phi. She is All in Woman and Man.

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    • Thank you for bravely floating these ideas, Karen. I’m right there with you. It’s been my experience that people either think this is an immorally callous perspective or irrelevantly daft.

      I would nuance the single omnipotent Goddess image and suggest a cadre of unseen benevolent entities, still not controlling everything but also players, perhaps having relatively dramatic effects due to a clearer vision of the whole and the target. It seems to me that this virus is about the least devastating way to awaken the most people, given very plausible alternatives like a different plague with 50% mortality, a nuclear war, or the currently inevitable ecosystem collapse. Even though humanity has collectively caused unspeakably vast devastation, I think we’d also agree that most individuals are benevolent and deserving of grace right now.

      The benefit of internalizing your vision is that it confers full power of agency on each of us, allowing us to seek where we can apply our own talents toward the goal. Each of us. Rather than being helpless observers of our own demise on the Titanic, we need to zoom out, like in the lovely video posted here recently, and see that collectively we are the ocean that the Titanic of pyramidal patriarchy floats on. It is a fragile boat without any real power if it doesn’t have our collective cooperation giving it buoyancy.

      “Each of us” includes individual soldiers and police across the world who can refuse orders to kill; machine operators who can refuse to take down another tree or release any more poisonous substances into the environment; corporate-employed individuals choosing not to game the system and hoard whatever “wealth” they can access at the expense of all other lifeforms (equally, hoarders of toilet paper and yeast, and drivers of needlessly huge personal vehicles). Those sorts of actions might have been justifiable six months ago as simply a way to survive or feed a family in a bad system, but at this point, what does anyone have left to lose? And yet, look how much life force and societal structure we currently have left to employ in the service of building a beautiful way of life.

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      • Thank you all for your comments. I’ve been writing about Goddess as deity, archetype and ideal for a long time now. Depending on the day, I can see one or all three. So glad to have started a dialog. I love going out with my pink handled machete and rattling some cages now and then.

        Stay safe everyone. November is coming!

        I can’t wait to read the headlines across the globe: YOU’RE FIRED!!

        Then maybe in January: YOU’RE UNDER ARREST!!

        P.S. I’m collecting stories of abuse and exploitation – snippets and excerpts – not essays. Contact me for further information at karentate108@yahoo.com A Call for Submissions might be coming out here soon. Deadline is Memorial Day

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    • Yay! YES YES YES.
      We think alike, only you can come out with a flood of words expressing it and I’m tongue-tied.

      I don’t know if you remember a post I wrote in January of 2017. It took me a while to find it:

      “As I go through my days, I console myself and fellow mourners with the astonishing image of the rising sun. A mentor/friend of mine, whom I call a psychic, saw this image twice, before the election and after. The sun was higher AFTER the election! Its promise appears to be coming true; I observe an awakening following the shocking election.”

      I’ve been telling people this again and again. Trump is the bottom. Our country can’t be degraded any more than he has degraded it.

      We have to keep preaching this because we collectively magnify what we dwell on So if we sink in despair we can’t bring on our RESURRECTION. We need hope.

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      • A related, only slightly irreverent vision I had in early 2017: Shakespeare finally winning his petition to the deities, to please please please let him stage one more epic tragicomedy, crammed with astonishing characters, outlandish lines, horrifying tragedies, and magnificent resolution. He promised they would not be bored.

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    • Since you just said exactly what I would have said there is no point in repeating theses ideas. I simply applaud them.

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  2. I hope you go to Karen Tate’s post. And if you want, consider “Sophia’s Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature”. Could it be we can foster peace? I think so. You?

    https://feminismandreligion.com/2020/05/01/the-benefits-of-the-plague-and-trump-by-karen-tate/#comment-712574

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  3. I so appreciate this discussion. Thank you Karen, Carol, and others.
    I agree with Laurie Goodheart that it takes courage to speak about benefits of a deadly virus. I think that in addition to courage, it requires nuance, and Karen has done this well. It would not be right to speak cavalierly of the benefits of people dying, of finding any good in that, especially when we aren’t even close to an end to the pandemic and grief is fresh for so many right now.
    Finding good in death is something I have thought a lot about as it first occurred to me many years ago and continues to evoke deep thought in me. Death is necessary and good. Mass death from a pandemic that could have been prevented or decreased isn’t right. But death is good. So long as we also keep in our hearts and memories the pain each survivor goes through and the compassion required to sustain a human world that provides the belonging and healing we all need, it is not cruel to admit that without death, life could not go on.
    Drawing on the certainty that this pandemic impacts us all, Karen speaks of how this historical moment has great potential to teach humankind a lesson. Those of us who are aware of and accept the reality of our situation – we are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction – cannot change the course of human history and the consequences of our impact on the planet, alone. Something so disturbing that impacts everyone, like the plague, can serve as a catalyst that impels, moves the human species in a new direction.
    And it isn’t just the pandemic, but also Trumpism that is punching us in the gut and telling us to wake up. Some people won’t, because they follow Trump like the patriarchal god they wanted since they were babes and can find no flaw in him or the systemic racism, sexism, and out of control capitalism he represents. These forces of destruction and inhumanity toward people and the environment have been alive in civilization for millennia and their true face is showing with great clarity in this historical moment.
    I would just add that I believe in the importance of recognizing the common humanity we all share. Yes, even Trumpers. All humans have limited capacity to foresee the consequences of their choices, to see what the future holds. All of us across the globe are part of the problem. With the exception perhaps of a very few hermits living off the grid, we are all consumers contributing to the extraction and pollution of our Mother Earth. It takes many years and great wisdom to overcome our instinct to fit into our little herd and see others as less good, less deserving, less important.
    The way that I zoom out is by looking through another lens, that of the world beyond the US. My experience of living in Canada for 10 years allowed me to see American culture from outside. I think that if every American could see this way, we would feel very ashamed, and most of us would prefer to feel proud instead.

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  4. You’ve said so much so well Susan, thank you.

    The following is offered for exploration of another complex, multi-faceted issue you brought up.
    My Canadian experience was the opposite. I insisted on moving there with my family in 2005, after decades of shame and helpless anguish over what my natal country is and has done all over the world (my husband was born in Quebec but ran away to the US at 17). I thought I was moving to another America, just without the guns.

    We stayed there for 12 years. What came up for me there, over and over, is that I need to get back to the US and fight to preserve and revive what is best about the spirit of this country. There are fundamentals I previously took for granted just like breathing. Like, when bad things happen, many, many people step up and take responsibility to do anything they can to help; they don’t all wait for the government to fix every little thing, as I saw in Canada. At the same time they speak out more about what should be done to change inequitable and harmful structures. By contrast, I saw an astonishing amount of passivity and disinterest in politics in Canada, among both the English and the French. The Canadian government is not without some major sins of its own, ones that the US left behind 50-100 years earlier.

    I am back in the US now and still closely aligned with the camp generally called democractic socialists these days, but I realize that some of the revelations I had there seem to chime along with certain republican talking points. This helped me to understand that virtually everyone holds a piece of the truth and it is imperative to listen to and include all. Now is not a time to be paralyzed with shame, but to find our gold and spend it wisely. We are a flawed but bold people — far beyond the crass commercial nonsense of heroes speeding around in expensive vehicles and never crashing.

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