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Re: Ominous pattern

Jun 09, 1997 04:15 PM
by Bart Lidofsky

JRC wrote:
> On Mon, 9 Jun 1997, Bart Lidofsky wrote:
> >       I think it's a result of the appropriation of the "New Age" concept by
> > the post-modernists. If there is no such thing as objective reality, and
> > all morality is based on what is pleasing to the ego, then the only
> > reason not to steal is a fear of being caught.
>         Well now *that's* really rich. Post-modernism is a very curious
> phenomena ... its a school of philosophy that actually has far far more
> people critisizing it than there are people working in it. And the
> criticisms it inspires are quite often humourously irrational - people
> just *love* to take shots at it. And its blamed for all manner of current
> social ills ... but I think that seeing it blamed for the disappearance of
> New Age books from libraries has got to set some sort of new standard.

	Post-modernism is like a hammer. It is useful for some things, such as
the analysis of art and literature. Unfortunately, just as using a
hammer on a dirty window will only make it clearer by making it useless,
post-modernist analysis on things such as science, mathematics, and
history makes them useless. The post-modernist belief that each person
creates his or her own reality, and the ego is supreme, is the basis of
the alteration of the New Age from a self-less movement where the
betterment of humanity is key, to a self-ish movement where personal
empowerment is key.

	Bart Lidofsky

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