“Pop Postmodernism” is what I call the popular, exaggerated idea that human beings cannot share common experiences of the world. Individual people are too different to cooperate naturally. Only power mongers establish standards to control individuals and civilizations according to power-mongering policies.
A Dead End View
I believe that this point of view has run rampant for too long. It has stabilized as a standard in its own right, thus contradicting its own doctrine against standards. Pop postmodernism in art and in philosophy simply has disabled civilization. Thinkers who inspired this view behaved as young children revolting against considerable life experiences of seasoned adults. They acknowledged no common beauty, no common truth, and no common good. “Beauty”, “truth”, and “good”, in fact, were suspicious words, with no possibility of naturally occurring, shared meanings.
Ironically, the only truth that has prevailed among these thinkers is the truth that there is no truth. Such a truth that destroys itself renders the whole mindset dysfunctional.
Senses Do Not Lie
I propose that a large body of sensory evidence supports the belief that human beings actually do have perceptions similar enough to call the same. Perceptions might not be exact, from individual to individual, but they are self-similar, which is close enough. Self-similar perceptions, then, lead to self-similar sensations, feelings, meanings, and purposes. Resonances, harmonies and symphonies occur in this sea of self-similarity. Shared forms, then, arise in minds, in societies, and in whole cultures.
Order, thus, exists beside chaos. Order actually arises from chaos. Polar opposites that work together in this manner comprise the foundation of all human existence. Postmodern philosophy seems to focus on deconstruction, rather than on construction, which is the inevitable byproduct of a continually rhythmical cycle of opposite (yet integrated) forces.
Conceptual Confusion-Perceptual Accord
Where do human beings see formation and deformation as differences in a mass that is the same?
I suggest fluids. Fluids, although plastic and forever morphing, form bubbles, cells, membranes, veins, and other pleasing, natural patterns. Life itself emerged from these patterns. Human bodies developed around these liquid patterns. We are complex bags of seawater walking on bony stilts.
Human bodies are normally very similar, consisting of a head, two arms, two legs, ten fingers and toes. These anatomical structures express our perceptions and experiences. Individual minds do not exist apart from similar physical bodies that house them. Only minds severely divided from bodies think that people are too different to realize common standards.
Fluidism In Place Of Postmodernism
I propose that a fluid understanding of the cosmos can nurture standards that are attractive to the largest number of people. A fluid understanding allows for both construction and deconstruction in a healthy balance. I call such an understanding by the same name that I call the related style of my art, “fluidism”.
Where pop postmodernism looks angrily upon standards, fluidism acknowledges standards that give higher meaning and purpose to societies. Where pop postmodernism rests on mental conceptions, fluidism actively engages physical perceptions.
(c) 2011 Robert G. Kernodle
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