Tuesday, July 10, 2012

POSTMODERNISM IS A HUMANISM

At first sight, two putatively incongruous terms, seen in conjunction, demonstrate a certain pliability in their application. Yet postmodernism works self contradictorily. In validating relationality is gives the individual supremacy and self determination. Yet, this same relationality renders intransigent definitions suspect. Therefore, the two aforementioned terms needn't necessarily be antinomies but extensions and mirror images of each other.

When everything is subjective and truthfulness resides by negotiating pre existent notions of morality and ethics then to affirm a communality becomes an act of subversion, a form of decontextualization. As contingent individualities proliferate it seems that collective shared discourses recede. My argument is that precisely this contextualizing affirms humanism.

If everything is relative then an individual being is relational. There can be no relationality by itself. An interlocutor is a necessary adjunct. Nor can unvarnished subjectivity reside in a void. For its uniqueness to be acknowledged an 'other', a 'you' is necessitated. This is a ratification of human collectivity because human plurality manifests itself through the unalterable, unequivocal reality and presence of a signifier and signified and process of signification is the fulcrum where they congregate.

Moreover, a conglomeration of subjectivities has certain common denominators. To use another postmodern argument i would posit that if there is no singular 'i', if identity is a chimera and if our responses, reactions, realities , in short the compendium of events constituting our lives is already predicated on a prediscursive reality then it would follow that humanism, the point of intersection, assumed ontologically is an invariable component of our lives. Because, to take the cue from postmodernism it precedes us, we can only retroactively recapture an evanescent life but its constituents have already been established. Therefore within the interstices of our contexts, already pre existent, shared, common aspects are ineluctable. The actualization and manifestations of these may depend on the way one conducts oneself but even that is part of a larger humanism. It then follows that the more vociferously we hold on to our sense of self as self realizing the more we blend indissolubly with a larger human cycle. Under an undifferentiated canopy our infinitesimal lives unravel, our morphologies take forms, our realities unravel. Yet incontestably we remain ourselves by being outside of ourselves, beyond ourselves.

Relationality binds me to you. You validate me and materialize my tenuousness. You metamorphoses to we. What we, in a reductio ad absurdum denounce as stereotype is merely a reinforcing of prediscursivity. Therefore postmodernism doesn't repudiate but superimposes, through its own convoluted rationalizations the indisputable fact of our togetherness.

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