Monday, September 11, 2017

Myths old and new …

… The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve: exploring the myth of the original sinners. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

The claim to be based in science is one of the defining features of modern myths. After the collapse of European imperial power, the pseudo-Darwinian mythology that propped up colonialism fell into disrepute. But it was soon followed by other myths claiming a basis in social science. A progressive mythology developed that viewed racism and imperialism as exclusively Western vices and the flaws and conflicts of post-colonial states entirely as consequences of colonial rule. These myths were channelled through theories of modernisation, which posited a future fundamentally different from anything that existed in the past.

No comments:

Post a Comment