The Problem of Post-Modernism

While logic, mathematics and rhetoric were all in use thousands of years ago, in pre-Classical Greece, they would not bear their sweetest fruit until the Enlightenment in the 18th century C.E. Inspired by the writings of Bacon, Locke, and others, reason came to be seen as the source of authority. This movement was called “modernism.”
The innate human capacity for reason meant that every human being had the capacity to self-govern, and to deny that right, as in traditionally statist European systems, was to deny the fulfillment of the human race. Under the guidance of reason, modernism established free markets and scientific method; abolished slavery and affirmed tolerance.

Post-modernism is a reaction to that.

The most essential argument of post-modernism is that, because human beings are not perfect and infinite, our perceptions of the world around us are imperfect. It then postulates that, because our perceptions are imperfect, our logical inferences based upon those perceptions are also imperfect. Thus far, these assumptions are true, and the modernist would agree.
The divergence occurs here: the post-modern asserts that, because our logic is incapable of addressing an absolute truth, of being without flaw, that it is valueless. Any attempt at reason or argumentation is no more true or valuable than any other blank assertion, and exists only to be “deconstructed” into a chiaroscurio of the author’s various biases and ignorances.
Further: since no position can have any inherently superior value to another (such as by virtue of being logical) all human interaction is viewed as nothing more than the oppression of one group by another. The freedom-affirmation of the modernist Civil Rights and Women’s Liberation movements became, under post-modern influence, vindictive race activism and feminism. The Enlightenment was viewed, not as the promotion of discovery and liberty throughout the world, but as rich white men forcing their culture on everybody else.
Post-modernism is worse than a useless philosophy; it is an inherently destructive philosophy–which, after all, is exactly what “deconstruction” is just a spineless way to say.

Published by Little-Known Blogger

I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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