02 November 2010

Angela: the Right Kind of Person for the Times

Apologies to my followers for the long time between posts. Since I teach college full time, I have many matters that require my immediate and full attention. Much as I love writing, whether it's my fiction or this blog, it must always be done in time grabbed from lull moments. Now I can tell you about what's been on my mind for some time.

One of the many facets of Angela Fournier is that she is the kind of person we need for the times we live in. Please indulge me in a brief explanation. Since World War I, more or less, we have been living in a time similar to the 6th and 7th centuries, when the Roman Empire and the world view of the ancient world were passing away, and to the 15th century, when the Medieval world view began to give way quickly to the thinking of the modern age, which the Encyclopaedia Britannica sets as the years 1450 to 1900.

After Rome began to crumble, the world view and culture of the ancient Graeco-Roman world no longer fit the new reality. In the same way, after all the advances of the High Middle Ages (technological: eye glasses, water and windmills, the compass and sextant, and the printing press; institutional: universities and hospitals; and financial: banking, letters of credit, limited liability corporations) the Medieval world view was suddently outdated. The modern world view that followed believed only in what was visible and measurable and in what made money. At first they thought wealth would solve all problems (age of exploration, conquest, and global economy), then they thought that reason and science would save us (the Enlightenment), and finally that progress and technology would answer all questions and cure all ills (the 19th century). The first World War proved to anyone who took the trouble to think it through that the modern world view no longer fit the reality we lived in. The very forces unleashed by the modern project threatened to destroy us. Art, music, and literature all mirrored this new age in some way during the early 20th century.

Many people have yet to get the memo. Maybe it's too hard to think about. There are vested interests still making fortunes from the industrial processes developed in the 19th century and still working and growing into the 21st. These people don't want to hear about it. Many would still love to think that science and technology, a.k.a "progress", will solve all problems. But then why can't we agree at all on values to live by? Why are we so cut off from one another? Why do we splinter into smaller and smaller ethnic and interest groups and so lose all sense of ethos and ethics?

We are at a point in history when we either decide on a new world view we wish to create that will benefit all and make a new vibrant age like the passing of the Medieval world to the modern, or we will sit back and watch things fall apart into a dark age, as that which followed the collapse of Rome. It's our call. I don't have an answer to propose. It's too early for that. But we do need to think about it and pool our collective wisdom.

Now, Angela Fournier is the kind of person we need for this project. She is unusually mature, wise, and discerning, but she is so unassuming that she is not aware of it. She is directed outward, to other people and their needs, instead of inward, brooding on her inadequacies. She really wants to help if she can, and she knows she doesn't have all the answers. She's not the only kind of person we need, but her kind will be indispensable in making something good of our world. What kind of world do you want?

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4 comments:

  1. Angela sounds like a great person.

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  2. Thank you. She really is, but certainly very short of perfect. Aren't we all?

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  3. Thank you for visiting my blog. Would have written sooner but I hit the wrong button. I loved reading about Angela. You are an author. I am very proud to meet you. It's very kind of you to write a message on my blog. Thanks again. God bless you.

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  4. Thank you so much. I hope you get a chance to read my book.

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