HISTORY

Digital StillCameraA careful investigation, therefore, of modern and contemporay history and civilization reveals a uniquely modern relation between human ideas and human historical reality, a relation of an exact reversal(…)

When most historians speak about the failures of modernism, they often use categories such as failure, deviation, transgression or the like as variations on the more fundamental concept of regression to older, pre-modern social and political regimes. What is usually meant, to put it rather crudely, is that modern humanity is still too weak to resist older and well-entrenched social ideas and habits. (…)

Let us observe now closely how the reversal is actually taking place. An important cognitive characteristic of the Ur-Phenomenon of modern history is the following. There is no „time interval“, physically, psychologically and historically, between the ideal-virtual feeling of the universal modern singularity, in which the universal idea rooted, and its individuation as an actually realized reversal. As a matter of fact, a more radical statement would be: modernism = individuation = reversal. (…)

That is, contrary to common opinion and also to many historical conceptions, it is not correct to say that revolutionary ideas are grasped as inspirations that are clearly thought through, expressed consciously, and only later falsely realized (through failure or regression) in the revolutionary social process. But the form of this modern consciousness is the form of individuation.Hence the form itself only allows them to emerge reversed at the original roots of their appearance.

(Yeshayahu Ben Aharon, The event in science, history, philosophy and art, chapt. 2, p. 85 ff)

On the second day we will explore the phenomenon of reversal in our own daily live and social engagement, be it healthcare, education, political activism or family live. We will then introduce the often forgotten centre of social live – the meeting with the other.