That peculiar feeling when you read this:

"Taiping Rebellion, radical political and religious upheaval that was probably the most important event in China in the 19th century. It lasted for some 14 years (1850–64), ravaged 17 provinces, took an estimated 20 million lives, and irrevocably altered the Qing dynasty (1644–1911/12)."

Please note that other documents mention the number of deaths may have been as high as 30 million in 14 years.

Don't even ask me how I reached that page.

@ParadeGrotesque

Bizarrely enough, the Taiping Rebellion always makes me think of the Batman TV opponent (not exactly a villain) King Tut. Your society has to be extremely messed up if, when some random person walks down the street saying "Lo, I am your God King, here to inaugurate a new era!", numerous people say "sounds good to me, let's bow down & worship, or build obelisks & pyramids in Central Park, or whatever he says to do."

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And what you just wrote brought this to mind. Sorry.

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@ParadeGrotesque

A Mormon friend interprets the Parable of the Ten Virgins as applying to Christians who support Trump : their lamps of faith have run out. People whose beliefs are dead, but who continue to embrace the forms of belief, are uniquely hungry for something to believe in. Authoritarianism of various strips has shown itself to be exceedingly effective at appealing to that hunger.

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