I grew up in the postmodern culture of the early twentieth century, where a revolt was taking place against the modernistic structures of the generation that came before us.
The casualties of postmodern scepticism, and the irony of the modernism of our parents, lead to a dismissal of key foundational pillars in our belief system.
Reason, absolute truth and universal morality, the belief that there is universal wrong and right, have all been eroded by the post-modernist view.
What is post modernism in simple terms?
My lecturer put it like this “I look at a painting and how I see that painting is the way I perceive it, through my world view, and I am right. Then someone else looks at the exact same painting and sees something different then I do, and their view is right as well. There is no right or wrong. It is how we perceive the painting, as an individual, that is the right way.”
This is only scratching the surface of postmodernism, since I don’t have 40 pages to dig down into it.
One of the tenants of postmodernism is the rejection of universal morality and absolute truth. Both of these, however, are key pillars and foundational truths to the Christian belief system. Over the last decade, these views been eroded by postmodern perspectives.
Society has speculated that we are moving into a post-postmodern era. Some suggest we are in meta-modernist era, but no one can make up their mind. There is no group consensus. The irony of this is not lost on me. Postmodernism is still lingering.
If there is no ultimate truth and no universal morality, who is to say what is true and what is false? What is wrong and what is right?
The fruits of this have given us some interesting debates, in this, the era my children are growing up in. Debates on the definition of marriage, euthanasia and safe schools are just a few fruits of our postmodern generation.
The next era for our children looks to be just as confusing and the question we must ask ourselves is, what legacy are we leaving for them? Foundational pillars that have been in place for centuries have been removed. I’m not against change, but I am against change for change sake. If something needs to be removed and replaced we need to make sure it is an improvement on the past, not less certainty.
Our task, for this generation, is to build strong foundations so that the next generation can go further than we have. We need to be strong shoulders so that those that come next will have a strong base to launch off.
Until my next blog I’ll address one of the key casualties of the postmodern era, the loss of Identity.