The irony of even referring to an article on post modernism is that post modernists would even question the reality and validity of a well researched and written definition and history of their own philosophical movement.
A world based on post modernism is a world without meaning. So what is left for them? What is truly left for the nihilist? Suicide is one option because in their view there is no real meaning to life. The alternative is activism (even violent activism) and the world has witnessed that during and after the US presidential election.
I am beginning to understand Steve Bannon’s philosophy and words about a revolution taking place (not only in the US but around the world). I think he is talking about a cultural revolution that fundamentally rejects post modernism. For the sake of brevity, I will refrain from discussing, in any detail, the current political implications of post modernism and the conservative counter revolution that, in all likelihood, will take place.
This revolution may or may not be accomplished by taking up arms. Nevertheless, given the huge buildup of arms currently taking place in the US, Russia, the Middle East, North Korea, China, etc., I suspect we are rapidly heading for global conflict. The rumours of wars may soon become reality. Only time will tell what truly transpires in the next decade of the 21st Century.
4Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8All these are the beginning of birth pains.
9“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Matthew 24: 4-14
I am fully aware that it is difficult for many to make the jump from underlying philosophy to the social and political implications as witnessed in current worldwide events. In my opinion it is better to see the entire forest first before examining each individual tree for disease and decay. The underlying philosophy of anything in life allows one to comprehensively understand the outcome or implications of applying that philosophy over time. History is our greatest teacher. Our individual actions or the actions of entire nations can be better understood on the basis of the underlying philosophies that motivate both individuals and groups. Even our ideologies, whether they be Capitalist or Marxist, Liberal or Conservative, Democrat or Republican, Christian or Muslim, etc., can be better understood in the light of their respective philosophical underpinning.
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