Global Access to Knowledge: Existentialism and The Future of Changing Cultural Preferences
By Olarotimi Onayemi
We are more intelligent than we are when we act as a group, that is why people tend to agree more with themselves and disagree with others.
People seem to be socialized or acculturalized at early ages but ‘break out’ in their teenage years because they know more about their wishes and cultural environment.
The population of cities and the country side keep increasing and individuals find themselves more and more at loggerheads wth other people and other cultures, more so, in the globalized-village.
Information keeps coming at an unprecedented pace and weâ€™ve got access to it now more than ever.
Existentialism as a system of thought is found in the works of Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, Jaspers, Rilke, Nietzsche, Kafka, Wilhelm Reich, Camus etc, but it was the presentation of Jean-Paul Sartre, who refused the 1964 Nobel Prize because he does not like official honors which sparked interest in their views to the heights in the 1960s.
One of his famous quotes was that we exist before essence, which I call culture, is thrust upon us and it does not work-out because people resist it sometimes. That we exist before we can be defined is true. He also said in agreement with Wilhelm Reich that if popular culture wasn’t so intrusive in people’s lives, especially young people, we would live in a better world. He was an advocate of free culture and considered the founder of ‘existentialism’.
If we consider the language of popular vis-a-vis free culture, we perceive that the founder and censor in order to apply his activity with discernment and approval must know what heâ€™s presenting or repressing. In fact, if we abandon all the metaphors representing the acceptance and repression as a the effect of blind forces, we are compelled to admit that the founder and censor – pro and anti- of both cultures must choose and in oder to choose must be aware of so doing.
This is where freedom of choice and association comes into the argument; and public or campus activism has the right to show its true colors in spite of the dictates of traditional or popular culture commonly enforced by governments or university authorities. Many critics of culture have supported the independence of free culture, stating the fact that since it does not intrude on other peopleâ€™s rights itâ€™s a valid form of expression. Other basic rights in law are clear on the duties and responsibilities of people and authorities.
Therefore, on the one hand the explanation of free culture through unconscious communication, due to the fact that it breaks with so-called physical unity in a campus or community, can account for the facts which it appeared to present at first sight and thought. On the other hand, there exists an infinity of types of behavior in culture which explicitly reject this kind of explanation because their essence implies that they can appear only in the translucency of consciousness. For example, speaking with passion about a cause; writing alternative texts or reviews and singing with explicit lyrics about the human condition.
In â€˜Existentialism is Humanismâ€™, Sartre wrote: For in effect, of all the actions a man may take in order to create himself as he wills to be, there is not one which is not creative, at the same time, of an image of man such as he believes he ought to be.
The ideas for discussions in this workshop would include:
1. Free culture in antiquity and mythology.
2. The effect of memory and oral presentation on the details of free culture.
3. The influences in the era of writing on stones and drawing on walls.
4. The era of handwriting on papirus and scrolls to printing/publishing on paper and subsequently through other media.
5. The Contributions of Modern Philosophy and Fiction to Free Culture
6. The influences of the Post-Industrial and Computer Revolution on Free Culture
7. The Internet and Free Culture on Campus in the Future
What do you think about Existentialism and Free Culture? We exist before we are defined; we’re free to choose
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13 Feb 1986 00:02