Step Two: The Critique of Culture

Over the course of the past century, since quantum mechanics pulled the foundation of truth out from under the scientific community, it would appear that humanity as a whole has made tremendous strides in industrial and technological advancements. Shall we consider it irony that once we realized that the modernist programmatic had been based on sheer fabrication and self-delusion that the very same sense of order that had been tarnished would produce so much wealth and luxury for all humanity? Certainly there are those that would argue very convincingly that humanity is better off for having followed the modernist path regardless of the fact that in some technical sense absolute justification as we know it may rightly be withheld. However, there is more to life than meets the eye and the spiritual and psychological state of the human condition is a valid consideration.

Let us briefly and albeit superficially examine the contemporary status of the human condition within the context of Critical Theory and our relation to nature. I would like to point out that in my considerations of critical theory I will be considering the relations between the use of language, power and authority. Following such considerations I will address the ontological relationship between humanity and nature that can be said to run through the entire evolution of the modernist programmatic and compare this relationship to that of the indigenous indio from whom my more immediate mestizo ancestors have descended. In this context we will come full circle to my underlying thesis in the story. That is, I have been telling you in my review of Western European civilization why I have sought to expose Western European ideology for the manner in which it has served to concomitantly rip us from our natural habitat and frame of human consciousness.