By Irene F. Starkehaus -
We're living in the Age of Science and Technology or so we're told. The construct of philosophy seems increasingly superfluous as we piece together the scientific analysis of our own origins and adapt the human story to meet the demands of twenty-first century realities. It would seem that we no longer need ethos because we've got it all figured out now, and we're late, we're late, we're late for the next evolution for mankind.
It's moving pretty fast these days, and we're all craving new innovations at a neck breaking pace. The next big thing is always just a moment away from being discovered, so the twenty-first century can't be bogged down with the whys that filled the hearts and minds of our ancestors with ethical quandaries...doubts, that is to say, are for the weak minded. The superstitious. Self-doubt is too tedious a position to be in when new frontiers are this close at hand.
Modernism holds that ethos constricts our ability to think abstractly, so we replace those whys that we find so archaic with more ethically pliant how's which never require us judge.
As an evolving species, we find that we are swapping philosophy and metaphysics with the heightened certainty of the here and now and the unquestionable genius that buttresses the material world. We deprive ourselves of the transcendental and the doubt, and in our emaciated philosophical state, we plant our flag on truth like we own the place. You know, real truth based on real science and not that other truth which is fuzzy around the edges and therefore a myth.