I am reminded that when a major trauma occurs, the kind that is both individual and collective, something happens that Jungian psychology calls an “abaissement du niveau mental” — a lowering of the level of consciousness. Intellect gives way to the gloom of the collective psyche. The horrified mind tries to find meaning, but lets itself be seduced by old myths. -- Olga Tokarczuk, April 15, 2010
Yep, that is EXACTLY what happened in the U.S. following the 9/11 attacks. The U.S. regressed in its collective consciousness back to a prior stage of development. That's the reason that Dennis Miller and Victoria Jackson went from being smart edgy comedians to becoming paranoid delusional spokespeople for radical conservatism. That's the reason that we were able to
I'm just happy to have a term for it now.