There is a moment in Life of Pi when the titular protagonist, having recounted the same story twice, asks a novelist which version he prefers – the fantastical, surreal one or the dark, hopeless one. The novelist chooses the fantastical version without pause and by doing so, the meaning of the film is laid plain for us. Today I want to examine both my own relationship to the film and what it can teach all of us about purpose and the absurd. Continue reading The Existentialism of Life of Pi: Chaos, Meaning and The Absurd
Postmodernism emerged in the middle of the 1950s from the ashes of humanity’s century long frantic, hubristic search for objectivity. But according to theologian Thomas Oden it was born in 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell. Yet many others claim the age of postmodernism began in 1968 when numerous counterculture protests shut down universities around the world. Like the ideas contained within the term postmodernism, its origins are muddy and no one can quite agree on what the truth is regarding them. Continue reading A Chronology of Postmodernism
Metamodernism is an emerging movement that hopes to synthesize both postmodernist, modernist and premodern (romantic, enlightenment) ideas while moving our civilization and culture forward in a positive way. Continue reading An Introduction to Metamodernism
The metamodern movement and in turn The Metamodernist blog arose in reaction and opposition to the postmodern era. This article will explain and define postmodernism and analyze it from a metamodern perspective. Continue reading What is Postmodernism?
Several anti-war novels, particularly those written in reaction to the First World War, present a mindset that is shockingly similar to that found in the postmodern individual. Continue reading War Novels and Postmodernism
Fear ran deep in 2016. No matter what cause you identify with or who you are, no matter where you’re from or what you spend your time doing, many walked away somewhat shaken. Continue reading 3 Books to Read in 2017