Friday, April 30, 2010
I am probably someone that frustrates people quite a lot by not accepting, without question, things that others treat as normal. But something that I am starting to question very late is our understanding of worldviews. Worldviews are ok, but our absolute categorisation of them is starting to become static and unhelpful. Pre-modern/traditional, modern and postmodern. So pat, so easy. So even taught in university courses. I have questioned our understanding of postmodernism before - saying primarily that there are two streams, extreme modernism and counter modernism. Now I am wondering about modernism. What about two ages - the age of enlightenment (hey, we can actually solve problems and control our world to some extent) and then the age of despair (oh no, we can't solve as much as we want and actually we are helpless, simply a product of . . . whatever). They are both aspects of modernism.