Fear and Loathing in a Post Modern World

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Unformatted text preview: Fear and Loathing in a Post-Modern World by Marco Mujica IDH 2121, Valencia Community College Professor Dennis 22 April 2008 Mujica Fear and Loathing in a Post-modern World We live in a strange new world where reality is shaped by the individual. Words are defined by the reader. Music is created without instruments. This new age is a landscape of ever-changing gray. The old standards of Pre-Modernism and Modernism are outdated and unjust. Post-Modernism (c. 1960 – present) is a conundrum; a standard without standards. All of history till the beginning of Post-Modernism has relied on Truths found through philosophy and theology. Now, the only Truth that exists is that only truths exist…wait, what? In these times of question and limited understanding, humankind has re-evaluated the world around itself and found that Universality is a myth. Post-Modernism has redefined existence by banishing Meta-Narratives (Religion, Marxism, Creationism) and understanding that the world is as we, not We, see it (“IDH”). Both positives and negatives come from this new philosophy. By doing away with old ways of seeing the world, large exclusive social groups are now openly broken up into smaller, more inclusive groups. The website “GayChurch.org” is a perfect example of how a group that was previously outcast by religious society (and still is by many large groups) has found a voice and a place to coexist. A downside, however, is that the skeptical nature of this age breeds a sense of loneliness and disconnection, sometimes manifesting itself in unconstructive ways. A good example is the book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1971) by Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005); a savage, drug- soaked exploration of the American Dream (a Modernist concept) as seen by a disenfranchised ex-hipster. By doing away with Meta-Narratives, the Post-Modernist has the pleasure and pain of writing his/her own definition of existence. 2 Mujica Homosexuals have been looked down upon since the Dark Ages. While a common and accepted presence in Ancient Greece, the idea of two men or two women existing as an intimate entity would not be allowed in the Christian world. The Spanish Inquisition persecuted suspected homosexuals and subjected them to barbaric torture. Inquisition persecuted suspected homosexuals and subjected them to barbaric torture....
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