Recently, I enjoyed the pleasure and privilege of leading a Passover Seder. Around the room sat a most stimulating group of enthusiastic participants. I began by explaining that rule number one at the Seder is that everything we do has contemporary significance. For example, when a therapist talks a client back through her childhood, it is not to wallow in nostalgia. No, it is for the purpose of revisiting the past to better understand the present in order to improve tomorrow. In the same way, we are not commemorating the Exodus and deliverance from Egyptian slavery. No, we are reliving that 3,330 year-old torment for the purpose of making changes in our lives today and thereby improving tomorrow.
This sounds obvious and easy however in real life it is anything but that. Especially since the culture surrounding most of us emphasizes blaming others for anything we dislike about our own lives. The most obvious ways in which Marxism has influenced secular liberalism, the semi-official state religion of America and most of Europe, is that we have been indoctrinated to assume that problems in our lives are entirely due to race, gender or class. We suffer harassment, injustice, or outright oppression because of the color of our skin, our gender, or the fact that we see ourselves as a ‘disadvantaged class’.