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Thoughts on Post Modernism

NOTE:  This is just a thought from my notebook.  It is not meant to be a research or analytical essay and is not being presented as one.

I am going to start off with two questions; who can speak for a people and when can a people speak for themselves?

Postmodernism emerged because science may not always improve people’s lives.  For example, despite all the communication tools we have in computers and mobiles, why do people seem to be more disconnected then ever?  Postmodernism’s goal is to reconcile the person.  Postmodernism could be thought of as a counter weight to modernism, that is the scientific mentality and progress of the enlightenment.  By scientific mentality, it is meant things like classifications and objectivity.  Postmodernism, instead of classifying, takes a more relativistic approach, looking at who the interested parties are and what their interests consist of.  I appreciate the reduction in classifications offered by postmodernism, which at times seem to be not quite as necessary in our culture (or at the very least, should not be necessary).

Modernism has a tendency to disenfranchise people, hence the need for postmodernism.  For example, Colonialism helped to sustain modernism.  Look at it this way, modernism counts on scientific progress to continue and scientific progress counts on resource.  The car is one of the signs of progress in the modern age, no more horses for us; but cars require huge amounts of rubber, which was we once got from rubber plantations in African and Asian colonies.  So now that colonialism is all but dead, how are we continuing this progress without colonialism if we completely need colonialism for the progress?

The answer is really simple, as modernism led to postmodernism, colonialism led to neo- colonialism. Indonesia was controlled by the Netherlands until 1949, thanks to Japanese occupation during WWII, Indonesia became one of the largest produces of rubber (and remains among the top three).  Since the Dutch and Japanese ended colonization of Indonesia, Intidragon Suryatama has become the largest producers of rubber in the world.  The corporation is not really an Indonesian one though, it is owned by Astlett Rubber Inc in Canada.  So where colonialism and the Dutch/Japanese failed, post colonialism and a Canadian corporation have succeeded.

Notes on Quiz One and surrounding works

NOTE:  This is just a rant from my notebook.  It is not meant to be a research or analytical essay and is not being presented as one.

During the period where Europe is running colonies in the Caribbean, you have the Enlightenment; in the Enlightenment, you have the ideal of reason, and reason becomes the authority over all men. So why colonize? If reason is supposed to be king, then why subjected people to slavery and prevent them from learning.  Colonialism seems to be a paradox in this respect.

The people in colonized territories and even the colonizers themselves clearly began to think this way as well, that colonialism is a paradox and against reason.  In the last 30 years of the 18th century, you have the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and the Haitian Revolution (which pushed into the 19th century).  All these revolutions where powered by Enlightenment ideals such as reason, freedom from oppression, freedom to own property, and liberty (French Declaration of the Rights of Man and the American Declaration of Independence). The Haitian Revolutions had similar ideals, and as a French Colony, Haiti felt like they had a right to freedom, which the revolution tried to take.  Brittan even outlawed slavery across their empire in 1834.

So what has happened since Enlightenment ideals led to freedom for the various colonies?  Some might say, “All we have learned was to be corrupt and be tyrants” (A Small Place).  The colonies saw their colonizers acting like tyrants, so they started acting like the colonizers to get all the nice things the colonizers had, all the wealth the colonizers had, and all the power the colonizers had.  Another concept that can be taken from A Small Place, is a former colonies opinion about the ‘banality of life’.  It could be considered the main concept someone had on modern life, that modern life is to ordinary and boring.  Well I doubt you would be as bored if you stared rebuilding your library or roads.

The Enlightenment ideals that led to the various revolutions and the end of the colonies did not act very quickly.  Even after three spate wars for independence from tyranny, colonies still existed.  I still believe that Enlightenment ideals plus colonies equals paradox.
Power lines stretch across the view,

 

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