Geist

Having arrived at the most basic and simple truth as a result of a dialectical method and approach towards rational inquiry and the surveying of reality, one’s basic and simple truth is then juxtaposed with a prevailing ontological state underpinning a world system that is largely void of such a truth. Because of this void, there are now notions of a “post-truth world” amidst the prevalent intellectual and social climate of our age. In this type of intellectual and social climate, the task of a thinker is to find the most basic and simple truth, and then share it with others.

            What fills the void resulting from the “post-truth world” that is spurred by a prevailing ontological state underpinning the world system is either populist or religious sentiment in most cases. Populist sentiment is fueled largely by anger and frustration resulting from the absence and denial of the most basic and simple truth which is a byproduct of a dialectic aimed towards a thorough survey of reality. On the other hand, religious sentiment leads to the belaboring and emphasis of such a basic and simple truth in order to fill the ontological void within the world system that is fostered by a “post-truth” intellectual and social climate.

Thus, the ontological void in the world system that results from a “post-truth” intellectual and social climate – which in turn is the source of the economic, political, and social turbulence within the international system – can only be filled by a belaboring and emphasis on a basic and simple truth that results from a dialectical and thorough approach towards the surveying of reality. At the core of all of our competing endeavors is an arrival at this basic and simple truth. But this basic and simple truth is more than often concealed and obfuscated by the obscurantism and the smoke and mirrors of a modernist ontological state and weltanschauung, which is aided and abetted by highly visible societal figures and mainstream information outlets.

            However, the containment and suppression of such a basic and simple truth in a “post-truth world” is less likely than it was in the past, according to certain patterns and trends. This is because of broader communication and interaction resulting from greater interconnection and interdependence in a highly globalized world.

            In order to prevent or thwart the global spread of such a basic and simple truth, neocons would have to ignite a global war, which is unlikely to occur due to a global strategic context known as “Mutual Assured Destruction” (MAD). Thus, in the absence of a global war which is unlikely to occur, this basic and simple truth will spread on a global scale given an international system that is largely characterized by economic interdependence, albeit gradually and slowly.

            Given the limitations on realism and the undeniable nature of an international system that is characterized by economic interdependence which in turn is fostered by globalization and greater interconnection, the “evolution of the universal spirit” (“Geist”) within the collective consciousness of humanity through the course of human history – as suggested by Hegel – is an ongoing phenomenon that will not be thwarted.

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