In an environment where nothing is objectively defined, nothing is absolute or fixed and nothing has any meaning, so too nothing can carry any true worth or relevance.
The definitive is only perceived and is, therefore, indefinite. No line is straight, but is rather a blurred mush of non-absolute nothingness, resulting in what is perceived to be a straight line. What can come of nothing if there is nothing to guide it? An idea is an illusion of a non-existent mind and it must manifest into nothing. This is the environment of postmodernism.
Why ask a question? There can be no absolute answer. Why ask for purpose? Purpose can only be a conceptual construct of a so-called mind, and therefor purpose can serve no real thing. What creation of life and fulfilment can come of nothing? What reality is there to fulfil?
To claim that there is no absolute truth is self-defeating. It asserts a truth that, by its own definition, cannot be absolutely true.
Why does this matter?
Should we conclude that a postmodern, relativistic world view is to what we should adhere our lives, then what happens to morality? What happens to justice? Are these subjective ideas? If so, why do we have such an issue with the Hitler’s, Stalin’s and Mao Zedong’s of this world? Can we not say that their ideas of morality are subject to their relativistic beliefs? That they too are just conceptual constructs based on no fundamental, moral truth?
How is postmodern philosophy compatible with what we seem to know inherently about morality and justice? If we take away absolutes, on what grounds do we stand in justifying the convictions of rapists, murderers and thieves? Are our feelings our basis? We don’t like it, therefore we brand it unjust? What about the millions of people who submit to these worldly evils? Are their feelings of validity in committing these atrocities not as valid as our feelings of immorality toward them?
Or is it more reasonable to say that we consider the penalties of immoral conduct to be fair because inherently, logically and undoubtedly, we recognise that there IS true, intrinsic value and worthiness in life, in particular in man – and that a violation of the sacredness of life is out of order and therefor unjust?
We cannot begin to rebuild this world of broken and corrupt communities and societies unless we can offer solutions that stem from a foundation of truth, of value and of honouring what is objectively sacred. I dream of the day when we as a people, alongside our governments, operate out of the understanding and freedom that is truth.
“You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” – John 18:37