The End of History: In Search of Deep Temporality

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A Post-Holiday Offering in Memory of American Indian Cultures We Destroyed

The end of empire? The end of civilization? The end of life as we know it? As the American hegemony continues its genocidal rampage across the globe, apparently preparing to launch an attack now on Syria, Dmitry Medvedev has put Russia’s missile attack early warning radar station in Kaliningrad on combat alert. But this is not the end of history we are considering here today.

There are not a few people today speaking about “the end of history;” not the end of Egyptian, Italian, British, Russian, or American history, but the end of history per se. What could this possibly mean; to what could this possibly refer?

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About kulturcritic

With a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Sandy had a ten-year academic career, with appointments at University of Virginia and the Colorado School of Mines. He spent the next twenty years in executive ranks at several of America’s largest international firms, including Computer Sciences Corporation, Ernst & Young, and General Electric. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America, as well as parts of Eurasia and Africa. For the past five years Sandy has been living in Western Siberia with his wife and young child, teaching at the Pedagogical University and the Altai Institute for Law and Economics in Barnaul, Russia. Published works include VERONIKA: The Siberian's Tale (a novel), (Islands Press 2011) Apocalypse Of The Barbarians: Inquisitions On Empire (Islands Press, 2010), The Recovery of Ecstasy: Notebooks From Siberia (Booksurge, 2009), Recollective Resolve: A Phenomenological Understanding of Time and Myth (Mercer University Press, 1987), Ethical Decisionmaking Styles (Addison-Wesley Press, 1986), and Gandhi in the Postmodern Age: Issues in War and Peace (CSM Press,1984).
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8 Responses to The End of History: In Search of Deep Temporality

  1. One does get the impression that there is something “sinister” in the wind that will spoil everything for our children and their children’s generation. I wonder sometimes if the human race will (if they last) a few hundred years from now, look back on our generation with complete hatred as the “spoilers” who ruined it for everyone. History? History is yesterday. Another day wasted. Not enough people who are brave enough to speak out (like my personal heroine, Aung San Suu Kyi). I would be very surprised if America launched anything at Syria except threats and sanctions. It is
    so unstable now that I don’t know if the people need outside help. Anyway, I think I will go back to Jamaica and hide myself in the sand one day and wait for the tide to roll in……

    • kulturcritic says:

      Dina – Our generation and the ones of recent past have not done much that is good, but it is much more than a few generations that are at fault, as I know you are well aware. It is a way of relating to the world that established itself over six millennia, driven by a change in self-awareness that blossomed with the first cities, the evolution of language and literacy, and a focus on increasing control over human and non-human nature. We are the heirs of this transformation, which we have refined into a specialty of domination. The roots of collapse grew in very ancient soils. BTW – Dina, you would do better to post your comments under the full article… go to

      • This control over human nature, cultures, the evolution of the human brain to dominate, as a measure of survival? Very confusing to me. It is like mankind is running into a wall with no brakes. The authors of our own demise. I wonder how long we all have? (It is hard for most people Sandy, including myself to grasp a lot of what you are saying, especially when we have all been spoon-fed what governments want us to read and believe, ad nauseum. I can remember in 10th grade being shown in history class a film-reel of relocation camps of the Japanese on American soil. Our history books in school of course made no mention of this. I remember leaving that class feeling a sense of disbelief, of betrayal. Had no idea either of the cover-up of the 800 or so American Soldiers who died at Slapton Sands, Devon during the D-Day excercises. They were torpedoed. They kept that out too. A British fellow made it his business to retrieve a tank from the water and put in on display and write about it. It became a sort of tourist attraction. No-one knew about it. But I am rambling. Must go and watch some more “news” now and wonder if it’s real or not!

  2. Jack Waddington says:

    Mankind discovered that he suffers a very debilitating disease:- NEUROSIS. This is what is killing us as a species. However, there is a way to get beyond this disease if only we start to know how to LOVE (and I mean real love) the children of tomorrow.

    Thinking, reasoning and all that brain work is part of the disease. We need to re-learn to feel … as all other creatures do.

    Jack Waddington

    • kulturcritic says:

      Jack – So you’re a Lennon fan. “All we need is love.” I think it is part of the mix; that’s for sure. And you are correct, all of my brainy (albeit not completely rational) analysis is a symptom of the disease. LOL

  3. kulturcritic says:

    Jack and Dina – why are the two of you commenting here on the intro page, rather than on the full article page??

    • Sorry Sandy- not very good on the computer, and I thought this WAS the reply page!
      Aren’t you glad to have a dummy in this discussion? haha. Will look for the total
      article. But I agree with Jack. Love is missing. I put on facebook that real brotherhood
      has disappeared, and if we are not to disappear as a species, we are going to
      have to treat ALL of mankind as our brothers, and stop being so selfish

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