Participatory Spirituality for the 21st Century
Whether we acknowledge it or not, we continue to live within the intellectual shadow cast by Nietzsche. Postmodernism, deconstructionism, cultural relativism, the “free spirit” scorning bourgeois morality, even New Age festivals like
Young appropriately underlines the notion that postmodernism, with its embrace of diversity in values, is no different from the 19th-century modernism that Nietzsche hated. He would not have celebrated
alternative lifestyles, non-Western cultures or the right of every fourth grader to be his or her own value-creator. Acknowledgment of the death of God is a bomb that blows up many things, not just oppressive
traditionalism, but also values like compassion and the equality of human dignity on which support for a tolerant liberal political order is based. This then is the Nietzschean dead end from which Western
philosophy has still not emerged.
"grandpa." hahaha. I had no idea things here were still interesting.
I kind of agree with Chris, though, ie., the topic is Nietzsche and not so much Fuckyamama. But Steven raises the interesting point that Philosophers (upper case "P") have a overly high opinion of themselves and what they can do. Maybe even Nietzsche fall into this mold. As Fukayama presents him, he sounds like an idealist, like the early Plato before he became jaded after Syracuse. And it's a particularly modernist form of idealism at that, which is ironic.
It all kind of reminds me of Ken's self-endorsement: "It's a new world; it's an integral world. By studying my new integral philosophy, you will be raising your consciousness and helping the world evolve." yada yada. (Sorry, I can't resist Wilber-bashing, particularly when it is frowned upon.)