Eschatology of Modern Totalitarianism and the Challenges of Globalization

Antoniu Alexandru FLANDORFER
2014 Postmodern Openings  
Along his history, Man has always been mesmerized by the ideal of creating an earthly paradise out of his habitat, so he implemented the vector of progress by means of the particular Myth that was inherent to each epoch. Man's fascination with his exponential evolution in the world appeared with the industrial revolution that was gradually enhanced by the intrusion of politics. A mixture of political and socioeconomic aspects was created with the sole purpose of consolidating such historical
more » ... dencies that led to the birth of the totalitarian regimes of the 20 th c., taking the shapes of secular religions, (R. Aron), political / intra-mundane religions (E. Voegelin), religions of earthly redemption (E. Morin), ideologies of redemption (J. Freund). Nowadays, after the failure of politics, the semantic "pool" of collective imagination has received the addition of a new spasm of humankind that was generated by the following issues: the evolution of science up to a teleological praxis, the maximal efficiency of production leading to an inherent over-consumption, and, finally, the replacement of Christian morals by the ethical commandments of the society. Our research constitutes a phenomenological analysis of totalitarianism and the dystopian challenges of Globalization. We notice that both the Nazi or communist counter-utopias, and the presentday dystopia are the result of the secularization of religion; while the human being, stuck in a secular millenarianism, has sketched new coordinates in a godless environment. The solution to avoid humankind's own moral suicide is to be found not in the social hypostases of individual, but in the return to mysticism. It is therefore necessary to return to the archetype rather than to a prototype that is permanently cloned in the process of uniformization of the society as a result of standardization and in the atomization of the individual through digital socialization.
doi:10.18662/po/2014.0503.03 fatcat:td72qjdywnbkri6tihlz4fdety