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Transitional society and creators of culture

Authors
Publisher
Croatian Philosophical Society
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Keywords
  • ProizvođEnje Kulture
  • Percepcija
  • Dehumanizacija
  • OtuđEnje
  • Producing Culture
  • Perception
  • Dehumanization
  • Alienation
Disciplines
  • Education
  • Political Science

Abstract

Living at a time when the scream: “O tempora, o, mores!” becomes the “Good morning” of our lives, especially in the countries in transition, it’s understandable that culture becomes just a word. This does not only occur due to historic hunger, but due to the inability of those in charge of changing the social order to create a culture in which those that “pay” for transition can understand that something developed and achieved in some democracies over centuries, cannot be reached in only a decade or two. The very same “changers”, in their persistence to survive as icons of salvation, resort more and more to blinding those that the changes of one system into another, relate to. The victims of this deliberate “visual blindness” are especially those which are the reason of our existence and creation, more specifically, those who represent the future of the entire human society – children. This is why we are faced with a situation where the processes of education and culture became more a way to satisfy “visual hunger”, instead of a process of building and creation of the visual culture of every human being. If the roots of the loss of culture are understood this way, we should not be surprised by the fact that the education of children under 14 years of age has the greatest lack of real visual culture, and with that, the lack of world acceptance culture, which all results with an inability to accept difference as a possible way of creating a culture tailored to human beings. The previous lamentations do not tell us what to do or not to do, but a cry for a new approach to culture, not as a consumer good or a new opium for the masses, but rather an approach to culture in which we must developed the ability of a cultivated perception of the world, as a basic precondition for creativity and culture itself.

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