Archive for the 'Postmodernism' Category

28
Jan
12

an open mind

It is fashionable to celebrate ‘an open mind’.  However, as C K  Chesterton said,

“The purpose of an open mind, like an open mouth, is to close on something solid.

27
Mar
10

lost, a postmodern parable

The TV series ‘Lost’ has been a phenomenal success.  The reason is probably related to how successfully it has tapped into the C21 postmodern ‘zeitgeist’.  Postmoderns believe in multi-narratives with none privileged.   The journey is more important than the destination and mystery is more meaningful than explanation.  Believing is more profound than knowing and believing is all the more admirable if it has no real basis. Oscar Dahl’s review puts it well,

At its basest level, “Lost” is about life. The island is a microcosm of our everyday existence. For instance, the situation Kate finds herself in is far-fetched (not a lot of us are on the run for killing our stepdads), but the feeling of not knowing anything, of being entirely confused, of struggling with meaning, of searching for answers to unknowable questions, is universal. Life is like being on the island — we don’t know why we’re here, we don’t really know what to do, but we still search for answers. And we often fail, even with the best intentions in mind.

‘Lost’ is our world viewed through a postmodern lens.  In some senses it articulates with a biblical view.  The Bible teaches that we are ‘lost’.  However, there is a profound and vital difference.  In a postmodern world being ‘lost’ has no resolution whereas in the gospel there is resolution.  If the programme is true to its po-mo world then there will be no final explanations and resolutions, however, few live consistently with their philosophies.  Postmodern confusion is not ultimately satisfying and the human heart longs for resolution so it will be interesting to see how consistent with its po-mo ethos the ending is.

Read Dahl’s review here.

18
Feb
10

pomo pretentious piffle (Cont)




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