Revolutionary special snowflakes
October 24, 2013 § 23 Comments
In a recent discussion it struck me how pervasive the ‘special snowflake’ phenomenon is in the post-protestant West. For anyone unfamiliar, the term “special snowflake” refers to the human tendency to view one’s own self as somehow uniquely positioned to … well, to whatever happens to be the subject matter: win the hunky handyman millionaire that God intended her to have, emancipate sodomites as a basic existential category of humanity, pronounce on what the book of Revelation really really means for ecclesiology — the list of subjects is as long as the list of possible subjects. It involves seeing the rest of humanity in the present and throughout history as benighted and ignorant and unspecial, whereas our special snowflake occupies a unique place at the center of the universe.
In the particular discussion a man was claiming that Scripture sanctions polygyny: that despite thousands of years of contrary Christian tradition and praxis, this special snowflake of a man was able to see what the Scriptures really mean. “Right here right now, watching the world wake up from history”, sang Jesus Jones in the now ironically anachronistic 1980’s. This now is the age of Progress, of Revolution, of universal freedom and equality, of immanentized eschaton: the age in which the priesthood of all believers takes off its mask and reveals itself as the priesthood of special snowflakes.