posted on Dec, 17 2009 @ 02:41 AM
In college I took an anthropology class and on the very first test, the very first question asked:
What is Culture?
The answer expected, or as far as my professor was concerned the correct answer was:
Culture is learned.
In a "post modern world" where highly trained specialists have learned just way too much culture, it is fashionable to declare that there is no
truth. Yet walk up to anyone making such claims and ask them if they can make change for a five dollar bill. If they can, make sure you get six one
dollar bills in exchange and see how truth suddenly exists in a very real and quantifiable way.
The reality of life is that what is true for you is true regardless of the truth, but this is not a post modern phenomenon, it is a universal
phenomenon since time immemorial and any one who bothers to live in the present fully aware of their surroundings knows full well there is nothing at
all post about now. We are not in some aftermath of a more relevant time, we are in this time and those who are aware, know full well the
insidiousness of arguments made that we are less relevant than those who came before us.
We have been taught to question the validity of heroics, to dismiss the efficacy of individual achievement all the while being taught history lessons
about individuals who dared to make a difference and that we are but merely the post product of their achievement as if we have no worth towards a
meaningful future. They were the individuals of a more modern age than this post modern age of collective complacency. They were the individuals
who dared to have audacity and create a modern world that we should merely wallow in their aftermath. They were the seekers of truth who taught us
that there really is no truth and what is true for you is true.
Even so, truth still stands unmitigated and unwavering, knowing in its unflappable knowledge that truth, regardless of what you or I believe, is
truth. In a post modern world where truth is non existent we still listen to over paid professors yammer on with empty rhetoric and teach us of such
venerable men as Aristotle who uttered profound words of empty rhetoric, because in the pre-modern world he lived in, he had the audacity to call a
spade a spade and declare that A is A. Later, in a post-pre-modern world, as we are taught, we learn of Shakespeare who took the very same empty
rhetoric and uttered even more profoundly that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
We are not taught of these men such as Aristotle and Shakespeare because it is fashionable, for it is not, in this post modern world, not at all
fashionable to discuss the meanderings of Aristotle and the iambic pentameters of Shakespeare. We are not taught these utterances of men from an age
long gone by because it is our duty to learn such things, we are taught of these men because of what they said, and what they said rings just as true
today as it did then. How odd in a post modern world where truth is no more that an A is still an A and roses still smell sweet.
Pop culture is still culture and all culture is, is learned. The questioned should not be what is culture but rather, what is learned? What meaning
can learning have when all we learn is that there is no truth and modernity has faded into a bleak and tragic moment of timelessness where nothing is
true and nothing is modern and we are but a collective bunch of obligated serfs to those individuals who've taught us all that we are subject to
their whims? What good is learning if it contradicts what we all ready know...what we always knew...that truth is truth even if we get it wrong and
believe what is not true to be true? We still know, deep down in the dark and desperate caverns of our non existent soul, that truth is truth and
that while it may not be very fashionable to have a soul, we know, those of us who know, that we do indeed have a soul.
What good is learning if we can not know the truth? Why waste our time learning when we would be better off remembering what we know? Once we know
its time to shed this knowledge that we've learned and return to the modern age of knowing, we will be happier and better for it and a rose will
still smell just as sweet.