I really haven't read as much post-1968 French theory as I let on. I am a bit of a phony, really.
So, while I intuitively understand that whole collapse of liner/meta-narrative thing, I guess I'm trying to figure out why it happened. Maybe someone has already answered. I have a book by Lyotard lying around somewhere. I'll get to it someday.
My best hypothesis so far.
Well there's a few.
I mean, the rise of consumerist individualism.
But you knew that one.
That whole linear narrative thing had another thing attached, right. Progress.
Towards. The forwards that provides the past with agency.
And here's where I wonder.
What came first.
Did utopia die because the narrative died or did the narrative die because utopia died?
And why did utopia die?
The impossibility of a social subject?
The materialist conception of humanity?
Like, we're all just skin and bones and all. I mean You Only Live Once, but humans live forever?
Is our inability to "fix" the environment symptomatic with a general weariness with life?
Does that weariness come from feeling like there is nothing really to look forward to?
Why is there nothing to look forward to?
Because there is nothing to look forward to or because there is no forward?
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