>I think you know what I mean with this.
Cow should be on the plains and the wolf in the forest, not under some shady farmer you can't see nor know his end game.
>the Apparition of the Virgin Mary
Right there we have our first cultural shock, you see it boggles my mind how a sinaloan can say such things.
Guadalupan myth (i believe in the Virgin, but not the Guadalupe thing) is an entirely southern mexican phenomenon and any studies about its impact can solely be seen on the mesoamerican plateau. I agree with your explanation, it is a fact it was conveniently used at the time of crisis to unite the masses, but you see you have a problem there: Guadalupan doctrine wasn't used at all in the northern american sector of the country until Porfirio Diaz' mid-term around the 1880's, and the results are still on dispute as several conflicts with hundreds of victims happened due to the forced indoctrination (Cajeme's Yaqui War), there's even the extreme irony of said battalions fighting and burning villages under the Virgin's banner to the point they were searching to exterminate a supposed mestizo girl who was starting to gain notoriety with indians for her healing powers said to be granted by christianity, along with her apparent discourse about southern powers trying to bend a completely foreign region from their into their liking (Teresa de Cabora). Trivia note that someone might like, she was from a family with a tough rivalry against a family of marrano jews (at least still crypto jews at that point) named Gandara de Gortari, you probably heard that second part somewhere.
Guadalupanism in Sinaloa, Sonora and Chihuahua (can't include Baja because Benito Juarez, the indian mason president, genocided most injuns there) was force feed into some rich families (guess which one in Sonora/Sinaloa) as tribute to Diaz who was an ardent admirer, and some places forced you to convert. This went horribly bad for the always inquiring yaqui/mayo who were more of an old school catholicism more akin to protestant beliefs like paying tithe that was used in the same village instead of going to the vatican, mass in their language or spanish and downright not liking the pope (they still liked saint worship thou). So my point was that for castizos and hwites in the northwest (and northeast in Nuevo Leon) the Virgin and her teachings were more about tribute to the southern executives, for the mestizos it was a social status thing to clone and for the injuns it was a new doctrine that had tons of historical context they didn't buy (we should know at this point these desert tribes are extremely skeptic).
The unity in the desert tribes along with the apparent harmony with the european settlers (harmony used very ambiguously) was not so much of a religious doctrine you see, it was a combination of 2 things:
A) Convenience and Reciprocity: When the jesuit and franciscan missionaries came around with the soldiers/dragoons (either basque or portuguese mercenaries) they made things clear, you either make a community with them or you go around rambling like always. To incentivize the conversion the jesuits, at that point still trained as soldiers and engineers, taught them basic stuff like log/stone work and the winter crops like wheat, which was extremely significant as the indians migrated in winter to more warm areas like South Yaqui Valley (Around Mochis or even more south like Culiacan) for food. Not to mention these missionaries were also great cartographers, astronomers and the dragoons who came with them went native and taught them animal husbandry (no pun intended there) like cattle rising which was also crucial in making the place prosper. All these technological leaps sold the natives who willingly sided with them... at least the sedentary ones, the nomads were still utter cunts and in times when the military kicked the missionaries to rule for a time rebellions happened and shit hit the fan multiple times until some other missionaries had to come around to fix things. Sometimes the nomads were such cunts that it displaced the peaceful injuns (Seri displacing the Pima to Tucson, Pima allying with the monarchists Opata and Raramuri, Juarez selling Tucson/Arizona to the U.S. to get rid of them) but some other times the sedentary were butchers and manhandled them (Yaqui cleaning the coast of the Seri until the military having to intervene due to the Seri being the only fishermen/cheap slave labor around)
B) Adversity and having your shit fucked up: We can argue Christianity gave a more solid base to the injuns to learn the golden rule, still truth to be told everyone was armed to the teeth back then, the distances were long and harsh and reinforcements were far away. Racial classes/castes were obviously notorious (except in very isolated villages where everyone banged everyone) so respect from one another was important, in the south, packed full of people and powers-that-be, you couldn't really mess with the spaniards, same with a european rambling around in monkey town, but in the north it was a void most everywhere except the cities, classes didn't talk with each other but the same non-interaction made sides respect or not plot against each other. Entire towns could and were wiped out in days if you crossed or didn't pay a group of workers well enough, federal troops were advised to never go alone anywhere due to the animosity of the entire place against them. A very tense and hostile atmosphere, blacklist someone around those years and you could starve due to no one selling you food, water, horse, etc; It's like that nord anon said about the nord attitudes in which the tempestuous climate there made everyone have a certain degree of tolerance regarding retarded attitudes, but when it jumps into overdrive they became complete sadist butchers. With this he wanted to mention how those countries really didn't lose that viking attitude, someone just pinpointed the border between ethnic cleansing maniac rage and getting cucked to hell and back.
And when Colt made all men equal, you had another thing coming when Diaz wanted to do the same thing that Benito did.
>a psychological need for a leader
Agree, in this case the missionary and his leather-wearing soldiers who knew it all.
>Our very foundations are faulty.
Whose foundations? Back then the empire like you very correctly said (New Spain was a separate entity) had regions and some of them were autonomous, the northern region had several (Nueva Vizcaya, Nuevo Santander, Nuevo Leon) and rarely enforced official rulings, in its first years it was an union of several presidium with relative free reign over their towns unless something fucky happened (Nuevo Leon was founded inadvertently by a jewish family and the whole thing had to be reshuffled in shame, they still went crypto and fought for power against savvy militarymen).
Northern Region's foundations are different from the South and it is notable that the region's main problems are the forced union with an entity so different from them exerting a centralist power, a culture shock. The rivalry and problem itself has been seen clearly in history as Diaz cabinet was intelligently infiltrated by an association of northern militarymen to make him send money to the region after being ignored for decades, the plan didn't go so well due to butthurt southern mexicans who wanted gibs and the revolution started, years later who won the war? northern forced tired of getting scammed and went full force into the capital with highly organized forces that were expecting a separatist war (although decades later as Abelardo put it). The whole national political history has been a revanchism saga about where to send the money, either to the south, the north, the king, or directly to the pocket.
>balkanize into a group of useless nations
Why useless? you can make things work if you have the organization, the clear identity to avoid in-fighting (either racial, cultural and/or historical via getting bullied/bullying) and the means to defend yourself if someone doesn't agree. Uruguay is a relatively prosper nation based on work and not messing with anyone, sure they played with several entities too busy fighting each other to invade them but it's there, Switzerland is there although they played the outjew everyone game, we can name a lot of examples but it will boil down to what's useful? Living peacefully with your people or wanting to absorb your surroundings?
>balkanization would trow our history away over short-sighted and neurotic conclusions
Mexico as the nation we define has 110 years (90 if you count when Cardenas/Camacho went full "muh mexico identity" propaganda program), the regions themselves have much longer. Isolated northern region has 200 to 300 years of history, the Yucatec peninsula has 800 years of isolated history. Mexico as we know it is a relatively recent experiment, it is not short-sighted and neither is it neurotical when it has never worked, the things we know that are stable have been brute forced due to recent media and/or money+planning (Porfiria was good at this with the railworks). We do not have a history that can be called "stable nation", high ethnic tension, even between the sedentary groups of injuns, has existed since time immemorial.
>mixing to become less Mexican is an act of self-hate
I agree, although calling yourself after one of the most treacherous empires in a relatively small area far away from home is also self-hate or plain tradition, not to say the legal thing to do.
>the pleasure to even be contemplated
Even if you don't agree you need to contemplate them as thought exercise, i mean it as a personal note outside this discussion. On topic i thought a lot about it, i had your view point back then but i found under further knowledge to be impossible unless a mass reprogramming of the masses, which includes mongrelization, proceeds soon (i'm not the first, commie coward Vasconcelos thought of it as the "Raza Cosmica"). Maybe you know something i don't know, that's why i can't and won't call you wrong, this is a preference thing from my part as i don't want the things that made and conform us to cease to exist/be absorbed and distorted to please the countless denizens of the central power.
>mental obstacles we have being teaching our children for 200 years
They say working hard and not messing with anyone will make everything better if everyone thinks like that, obviously i agree, but the problem is the ones who call the shots over our heads don't think nor act near the same. Will sound cliche as all hell but it is the true, be it separatism or integrationism (or in your case, association of states ruled by a benevolent but strict entity) the first step to make is to kick the upper echelons of power, which i don't think is the chief executive officer sitting at the national palace.