What is modernity?
Modernity is an ideology based on a rational and utilitarian approach to life.
Modernity means decisions and choices should be explainable, justifiable, argued according to logic and utility.
In any circumstances, the best option is the one based on reason and utility.
If you cannot justify, explain or ague anything rationally, therefore you are not modern or the thing is not modern.
That’s what modernity is.
Contrary to popular misconception, modernity does not mean European culture or customs.
Any culture or country could qualify as modern as far they function according to rational and utilitarian principles.
The 20th century had adopted modernity as the golden standard for organizing society. Any society which is not modern is therefore considered backward, primitive or a shithole.
The Frankfurt school of critical theory with the book ‘The Dialectic of Enlightenment (1946) by Horkheimer and Adorno, Heidegger’s Being and Time (1928), Harendt’s The Human Condition (1958) and the works of Habermas and Foucault did a great job showing us the limits of modernity and the enslavement shackle it has thrown on humans.
A contemporary author, Nassim Thaleb, said ‘modernity is a preventable chronic disease’.
No one discounts the achievements of rationality and utilitarianism.… Read more