THE COMPETION OF AMNISIAC IDENTITY (published in Sunday Elefterotypia 28.09.2014)
THE COMPETION OF AMNISIAC IDENTITY.
The subject of freedom, a very precious and desired, for humanity, became an issue of contradiction among the right and left wing idealisms.
The right wing places its emphasis from within the its philosophical structure that is named liberalism. It’s a spherical perception of life, which touches the aesthetic, ideology, economy, morality and in general whatever issue concerns the human liberation.
Primary target of liberalism is the development of personality, and self knowledge of the human being, through competition and constant invention. Thus the human is able to acquire the conscience of a creative freedom, which composes tradition and ingenuity in everyday life and way of thinking.
The left wing commences from the philosophy of “distrust” against traditions, and anything in regard to national issues and given points of cultural reference. Believing as well in innovation and breakthroughs, the left in the name of revolution denies values that are considered conservative and identifies progress and evolution with the breaking of the conservative and traditional past.
The meaning of freedom for the left is this constant confrontation with the conservative past. Both the left and the liberal element are derivatives of modern thought, the modernism.I could argue that among other issues two philosophical backgrounds.
First one is Nitse’s “hammer” philosophy, breaking traditions. Far from the philosopher’s indent they adopted his theory, both the barbaric right extremists and the social populistic left extremists.
Second one is Hegel’s dialectic for the state –also far from the philosopher’s indent – that the Marxist communism and fascism are based upon.
As long the capitalist right remained within the boundaries of constant innovative supply (for survival reasons), the anti-conservative left, proclaimed a post modern nihilistic interpretation of Nitse, coming in contrast of the Western civilization’s basic values.
By deducing from Western civilization the cultural references (classic Hellenistic education, Enlightment, Bible) the reference points are diminished and freedom from creation becomes egotism in anarchy, individualism in anarchy, and cynical relevance of all moral values.
Western society is a composition of ideas from Russo, Kant’s morals and the Stoics, under the ever watching spirit of its creators, Plato and Aristotle.
If you put everything in relevance claiming all is point of view and that there are not standard values, then you easily provide grounds in the barbarous nationalism or the fanatic theocracy with the known crimes or even to the fascist communal where every society competes with perseverance of their “truth” to the other societies, in the most vulgar way.
After the totalitarianism during WWII, today we we are subject in another of totalitarianism, the one of forced differential and forced relevance.
In the name of difference, the multiplism and variety, all of which were promoted as countermeasure for nationalistic extremism, the indifference of neutrality and the amnesiac identity were born.
These age merciless and destroy people’s identity menories.
The multiculturalism and the relevance of values suggested by the modern left wing it exacerbates rather than solves the identity issues.
Exacerbation is weakness. Modern society as depicted by Russo is based on Society’s Contract. That includes all citizens, maintaining their differentiality but at the same time including them in society’s general identity. Thus everybody and everything are treated with the isometric analogy and space required based on the law, civil rights and obligations.
However we should not confuse the equal (analog) spacing, with the relevance of everything that leads to denial of everything in the name of so called progress.
Freedom does mean constant relevance but a creative bridge of delivering and innovating values of the past with the foster leadership of present and future.
Freedom is not nihilism, where the modern leftist are threaten to drive society
University Professor, artist, poet
Advisor to the Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, on culture.