Toward A Future Pre-Modernism

 One of the most striking lessons to be learned from studying world history is that, although each human society evolves to develop their own world-view, to include all of the elements that define a culture, they are not free to practice their beliefs so long as different cultures with different world-views exist. Societies evolve by coming to grips with ideological matters such as establishing and defining a creation theory and determining what shall constitute truth and justice. However, their ability to survive in a world where more than one culture exists is extremely volatile and has historically involved a confrontation between cultures. In this context, no regard is given to the truth content of opposing world views. Instead, the society with the greatest militaristic and technological power determines the outcome of the confrontation. Thus, history teaches us that the criterion for cultural domination and survival is not truth or human insight but brute force.

The entire history of the oppression and domination of external cultures by Western European societies is based in large measure on the fact that there are those in the world that are culturally different who have not been willing to voluntarily subordinate their way of thinking to the fundamental presuppositions and assumptions of Western European sensibilities. Inhabitants of such rebellious cultures tend to feel that their own world-view should not be so easily relinquished simply because their society has not proven to be the most powerful in terms of technological advancements and military power. When you add to this the self-aggrandizing and egocentric belief that Western European sensibilities constitute the true and legitimate knowledge of human existence, you come to the conclusion that all world-views not willing to share in their essential presuppositions are inherently primitive. Such cultures are perceived as “primitive” rather than simply different because members of Western European societies would seek to determine the worth of external or differing cultures in relation to their own measure of progress. Stated differently, if you do not acknowledge the superiority of reason and science then your culture must obviously suffer from a primitive world-view that is shrouded in mystery and superstition such as the belief systems that were experienced during the Dark Ages of Western European societies.

The goal of this story is to provide an understanding of an assortment of intellectual material that I shall use to explain the history of oppression and domination experienced by those that share similar cultural sensibilities as my own. Further, history has taught us that although societies may be subsumed and dominated by greater powers, individuals born under the influence of differing cultural sensibilities continue to resist subordinating their way of thinking to Western European ideology. While I have no intention of providing any proof of accepted facts with which to validate or justify my personal feelings in these regards, I do expect to solicit an emotional response that is perfectly capable of determining what value my personal feelings and understanding may provide. I prefer to force such an emotional response because this type of interpretation shall be free of the modernist framework of excepted scientific discourse that is the target of my disdain. Furthermore, such an emotional reading of my opinions also constitutes a valued and legitimate interpretation of my position in its own right. For too long now academic scholars have addressed each other regarding issues of importance without ever sharing their opinions with the uninitiated masses not committed to the proper procedures of scientific discourse. I do not wish to continue with the tradition of ignoring the masses for the right to engage in academic discussions about the masses, nor do I wish to further acknowledge an ideology that lends context to the continued domination of others with differing cultural sensibilities.

In the oral tradition of the indigenous mestizo of the Southwestern region of the North American Continent, extending from the United States to Guatemala, storytelling has functioned to keep traditions and beliefs alive for thousands of years. The storyteller is not required to conform to some pre-existing notion of objectivity or fidelity to the original story. On the contrary, the dynamic relationship between the storyteller and his or her environment could very easily be used to recast the story in relevant terms while aiming to preserve the spirit of the original text. It is my intention to tell a story directed at those that are not entirely committed to the ways of scientific discourse or proper academic procedures by following the ways of the storyteller. By proceeding in this fashion I am abdicating my traditional academic responsibilities in favor of realizing my own goal of achieving self-expression that is uniquely authentic to me. I can then offer this expression to others as being devoid of any scientific truth in the traditional sense and completely vulnerable to free interpretation. However, let it be perfectly clear and fully understood at the outset that I truly believe in what I will be expressing in the coming pages. For me there can be no greater truth than what I will express, for it reveals my character, my personality and my being.

In keeping with my departure from traditional academic discipline, I feel that it is necessary to express my underlying assumptions or presuppositions so that they can be used to orient and lend meaning to the content of my beliefs. In this way traditional academicians can say of my writing that it is already deconstructed. My agenda begins with a healthy dislike for closed systems that would seek to imprison me with constraints that are not of my own making. Stated differently and in a manner more directly aimed at the issues I will be entertaining in the body of my work, I am deeply saddened by the arrogance and lack of human sensitivity that mars the history of the modernist programmatic and the treatment that people who think and feel and believe as I do, have always received at the hands of those that have controlled and manipulated the social and ideological weaponry that is part and parcel of modernist sensibilities. This type of thinking, in my opinion, misses the point of human freedom as I understand it and it represents a range of sensibilities that I wish to avoid in this text.

Within the cultural legacy of my indigenous mestizo ancestors there is a story regarding the “Sleeping Giant” that tells of our renaissance as a cultural force in human existence. I believe that the time has come for the sleeping giant of the Western region of the North American Continent to reawaken. I also believe that Western European societies have created tremendous concrete wealth and technology at the expense of equally producing an impoverishment of the human soul and psyche. In the final analysis, I feel that it is the indigenous mestizo that must seek to provide salvation to the afflicted souls inhabiting Western European societies, that are incapable of expressing human freedom as it has come to find expression through poetic consciousness. Finally, I believe that the timing of the emergence of the mestizo and poetic consciousness is prophesied in the ancient cultures of the Hopi, the Aztec, the Mayans and the Incas. The text upon which my reader is about to embark can, I believe, serve as a guide to anyone that can read with their heart, and help to reacquaint them with the human spirit that lives within us all.