Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Modern times

In the gospel according to 'me'  Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster write about how, unlike the past, which led America to become a superpower, the morals of modern day society in America have become extremely self-centered. The thoughtfulness has gone down to "I me and myself" and the collective responsibility towards an institution/nation is oozing away, giving way to the  priority of personal well-being. 

People are accepting a weak but all-pervasive idea of spiritualism. It talks about "personal-authenticity" as the current dominant expression that leaves and blocks out thoughts for others. The authors say that listening to some ambient music while trying to concoct some feeling of spirituality in a self-professed meditative state fuels this contentment of appearing to be authentic to one's own self. 

The write-up also talks about how modern lifestyle, modern workplaces etc. are appearing to fill of up the hunger for self-authenticity by trying to remove the differences of work and non-work parts of life. It throws light on how, in some ways, it especially jumbles up the lives of women. How introspection and guilt are easily laid to rest by sessions of yoga. So now you don't need to feel bad about anything because a dose of meditation will rid you of any guilt and any need for introspection in your life. You can now happily and remorselessly shut your eyes to the people around you. 

Following is the last paragraph in this article about personal authenticity which is refers to as futile and/or destructive:

And who, finally, is more inauthentic than Hamlet? Ask yourself: is Hamlet true to himself, doubting everything, unable to avenge his father’s murder, incapable of uttering the secret that he has learned from the ghost’s lips, and unwilling to declare his love for Ophelia whose father he kills? Hamlet dies wearing the colors of his enemy, Claudius. We dare say that we love “Hamlet” not for its representation of our purportedly sublime authenticity, but as a depiction of the drama of our radical inauthenticity that, in the best of words and worlds, shatters our moral complacency.

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