- Capitalism and Alternatives -
Posted by: bill on October 06, 1999 at 11:52:47:
In Reply to: Frenchy's non-sequitur into political rhetoric posted by Samuel Day Fassbinder on October 05, 1999 at 18:56:47:
I had actually followed your response to Nikhil and discovered a definition of Critical Consciousness that I thought might appy to Frenchy's methods...but then I thought - why bother.
Frenchy is very typical of those many (products of our educational system) who confuse opinion with actual research. One is very easy. The other very difficult. We are accustumed to taking the "easy" way. This is facilitated by being confronted such daily riviting questions as: "Should there be a license plate to honor Ronald Reagon"?
This is a level of consciousness characterized by depth in the interpretation of problems, through testing one's own findings with openness to revision, attempting to avoid distortion when perceiving
problems and preconceived notions when analyzing them, receptivity to the new without rejecting the old because it is old. In striving toward critical consciousness, the individual rejects passivity, practicing dialogue rather than polemics, and using permeable, interrogative, restless, and dialogical forms of life. Critical consciousness is brought about not through an individual or intellectual effort, but through collective struggle and praxis.
...but then I thought, why bother.