The Plague of Postmodernism

Nature and RealityOne of the pillars of the postmodern narrative that has corrupted the humanities is that there is no objective truth to be discovered in the world, and that everything necessarily involved in defining the existential predicament of existence is a relativistic construct.

These relativistic constructs are used as an ideological cudgel against any competing worldview that makes totalizing claims about objective reality, whether metaphysical, ontological, epistemological, axiological, or political.

The most potent means to try and discredit the objectivity of a knowable reality is to reduce truth claims to cultural constructs, which is then followed by the claim that relativism is embedded in the fabric of “reality” because all cultures are different, all cultures have their own ways of interpreting “reality,” and these differences are expressed in the various linguistic speech patterns that make public the inner subjectivity of individual consciousness. It follows from this, then, that any sort of criticism of the manner in which a culture exists and goes about preserving its existence as a culture is “colonial” and “oppressive.”

It is worth noting that this is totally incoherent.

The postmodernist project is an attempt to avoid totalizing narratives by identifying the relativistic absolutism of various cultural metanarratives. This is to say that the only absolute regarding reality is that there are no absolutes, which is to utter an absolutist claim about reality, which is self referentially defeating. The post modernist is essentially saying that it is true that there are no truths.

Moreover, the postmodernist view must itself become a totalizing narrative if it is going to be embedded in the institutions for the sake of “protecting” cultures from the “oppressive” categories of Western Civilization. In order to prevent people from thinking of existence in a way that allows for the discovery of truth embedded in the teleologically orientated ontological structure of reality, people must be psychologically conditioned to think in a relativistic, absolutist manner while not being aware that such thinking is itself a totalizing narrative concerning our surrounding reality and existential predicament.

There are a number of consequences for this way of thinking.

The first consequence is that the manner in which the postmodernist views competing theories among various intellectual fields and their explanatory power. Whether philosophical or scientific, the postmodernist considers the multitude of existing theories as equally valuable for understanding reality just as long as they do not propose to oppress others with universal claims. This means that theories cannot be refuted as true or false, probable or improbable by showing that they are internally incoherent, contradictory, or lacking evidential support. The relativistic maneuver applied to theoretical approaches to understanding reality protects the postmodernist from the absurdities of their own claims because their theory is then considered to be neither true or false, probable or improbable, but only one way of looking at the world among many others.

Of course this falls into the trap of incoherence already outlined above.

Another consequence of the postmodernist narrative is that it is a direct attack on reason and the inherent capability of the human person’s use of reason in pursuit of truth. ‘Reason’ itself is a construct that may or may not be legitimized in various cultures because “Western thinking” is different than, say, an eastern mystical way of thinking. This is ludicrous because the laws of rational thought are universally valid transcendentals utilized by all persons that are in fact thinking. To deny the validity of the laws of logic as universally applicable to rational thought, the law of non-contradiction for example, requires the use of this law when attempting to refute it. To state this plainly, the law of non-contradiction being either true or false requires the law itself to make such an intellectual discernment. This predicament cannot be escaped, and because it cannot be escaped the honorable person must submit to this reality or suppress this truth in unrighteousness.

And finally, and maybe the worst consequence of the postmodern worldview is that it is impossible to debate a postmodernist because they have abandoned the rational categories that make debate possible. To deny even the possibility of discovering objective truth and the categories of rational thought is to deny thinking, and worse, to deny human nature.

Turning to the political for a moment, this is also the worldview of the progressive left. The progressive left is not interested in debate; they are interested in shouting their opponents out of existence and they will use any means necessary to destroy anyone that stands in the way of their relativistic Utopia where every person is free to interpret reality according to their own solipsistic, autonomous whim.

Postmodernism is an intellectual plague that has infected our society and is destroying our culture. It is an attack on reality, truth, moral sanity, a flourishing society, and a culture committed to beauty and goodness.

 

– Lucas G. Westman

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