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Civilizational Pathology: Transcending Imperial Borders

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Imperialism may be considered as a pathological organizational modality of Western civilization obscured by a rhetoric of freedom, a mythology of the frontier, and an ideology of capitalism. This essay describes topographical features of the colonist-colonized polarity, foregrounding those that have become pathological, and appear in the bloody conflicts riddling the world today. Transcending dualism, I suggest we will remain caught within the bondage of old premises until their metaphysics are revealedódiscussed are linear, hierarchical, feudal, bureaucratic, modularized thinking. A partial solution lies within those ways of sense-making that appear apart from purposive thinkingódreams, painting, music, dance, writing, etc. These irruptions of communication and communion are playful rather than purposeful. While the humanities have less discursive power than the sciences, it is to them we can turn, to penetrate ego and allow a world consciousness to emerge.

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Imperialism, Colonialism, Systems Theory
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Williams, Kevin. "Civilizational Pathology: Transcending Imperial Borders" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111893_index.html>

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Williams, K. , 2003-05-27 "Civilizational Pathology: Transcending Imperial Borders" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111893_index.html

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Abstract: Imperialism may be considered as a pathological organizational modality of Western civilization obscured by a rhetoric of freedom, a mythology of the frontier, and an ideology of capitalism. This essay describes topographical features of the colonist-colonized polarity, foregrounding those that have become pathological, and appear in the bloody conflicts riddling the world today. Transcending dualism, I suggest we will remain caught within the bondage of old premises until their metaphysics are revealedódiscussed are linear, hierarchical, feudal, bureaucratic, modularized thinking. A partial solution lies within those ways of sense-making that appear apart from purposive thinkingódreams, painting, music, dance, writing, etc. These irruptions of communication and communion are playful rather than purposeful. While the humanities have less discursive power than the sciences, it is to them we can turn, to penetrate ego and allow a world consciousness to emerge.

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Civilizational Pathology Civilizational Pathology: Transcending Imperial Borders1 Western civilization which is the object of critique and evaluation in these pages has diverse sources of political influences that mainly traverse lines of thought established by the Romans the Hebrews and the Greeks. The influence of the ancient Egyptians and West Africans are also present but often overlooked‚ÄĒmuch to our own poverty of the life of the soul and mind. And it seems today as it has for decades that many
a few musical expressions which embrace the spirit of the time. When we confront these expressions of death and destruction and others from around the world it becomes easy to question the futility of the circular and dualistic mentality of us and them strike and counter-strike. What does it mean to seek wisdom over knowledge? Wisdom is as Gebser notes receptive while knowledge so it seems is projective. Wisdom is a taking in of all possibilities and even then


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