Civilization built on exploitation and social injustice

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Today, when millions of tourists come to see the Colosseum or the Pyramids, none of them is aware that this is just an act by which humanity returns to the scene of crime. The Taj Mahal is built on the great Mogul’s alleged love for the deceased woman, one of the few he had. The romantic look blurs the blood and sweat embedded in these artifacts. It should not be forgotten that those buildings that today are symbolic markers of the age of culture that should legitimize the monopoly and the massive involvement of civilization were built by tens of thousands of slaves and captives.

So today the stadiums are mainly built by taxpayers, and it is enough to just look at the money thrown at the Olympic Games and other competitions where debts will be repaid by future generations and their children. Churches, cathedrals, basilicas build the poor and indulgences, then donations by kings and rulers who, through the same churches, kept the people obedient, provided themselves with a life-long identification for “God-given authority” and, after their death, received the title of saint as a counter-service from the church. So today stadiums are mostly built by taxpayers, and it is enough to just look at the money thrown at the Olympic Games and other competitions where debts will be paid back by future generations and their children. Such is today’s parallel with these historical examples through which one can see the notoriety continuity.

All those buildings and structures such as the Rhine and Danube River islands malls or the cathedrals and basilicas that within the city cores themselves received the most favorable and beautiful places in the planning of cities and surroundings. It shows the spirit of the time in which the aristocracy and the clergy were the most privileged layers and which determined the topography of the city. They need to stay where they are, but with the knowledge of the conditions in which they were created, with a knowledge of the specific history that requires a different view than the aesthetic one alone.

When it comes to that cultural heritage, the buildings and buildings that have remained, one must not forget what was left behind by the colonizers and the imperialists. How to treat the bridges, buildings, architecture of those who imposed their culture in the name of civilization, as today’s postcolonial theory deals with language, religion, customs still in place after the colonizers left. Is what is left behind something to be cultivated as its own or will it be recognized as a constant reminder of the cultural heritage imposed and created by fire and sword?

Patronage intellectuals like Finkelkraut have commented that Western culture is being vandalized, focusing on old buildings and the old city of Dubrovnik. There is a modern example of the paradox of history that is nothing but the history of class relations. When Dubrovnik was bombed during the last war, Western intellectuals and the media expressed their disgust with this “barbaric” act. Patronage intellectuals like Finkelkraut have commented that Western culture is being vandalized, focusing on old buildings and the old city of Dubrovnik. It is not the first time that Western cultural and intellectual elites are more concerned about buildings than people, precisely because they see them as the basis of culture, the elitist one, while for them people are merely objects that “spirit move them like chess figures”. .

What the Croatian people were not aware of when they fought for the pearl of the Adriatic is that they fought for something that would never be theirs, or something that only the traditional European elite, Arab sheiks and new Russian rich would enjoy, and no less to be enjoyed by criminals and tycoons from the region who robbed other peoples of the former Yugoslavia. So ironic is the fact that today both Dubrovnik enjoys Serbian and Croatian tycoons, while people lament the elitism and alienation of the city. In the meantime, all these buildings throughout the country and the region were built by the elites and conquerors, while the poor and ordinary citizens were bleeding their hands digging marble or carving stones or literally dying for them in the wars. The palace of Diocletian or Stradun was never built for the people, nor will they ever belong to the people. At least not until a fundamental change in social relations has taken place.

After the October Revolution, Lenin settled in the luxurious St. Petersburg bourgeoisie building and the remnants of the aristocracy settled ordinary peasants and workers, while George Orwell looked at the famous Sagrada Familia that symbolized Barnesville and that barcelona symbol. bad taste because they didn’t blow it up. It requires a kind of defiance that has an enlightened anarchist as the basis for re-valuing certain cultural values ​​and achievements that historically look colossal and canonical civilization.

It would be fair if the UNESCO bureaucracy and other patrons of cultural monuments of art and architecture mentioned the conditions under which these great buildings of human spirit and art were created. At the very least it would be fair when the UNESCO bureaucracy and other patrons of culture of art and architecture would mention the conditions under which these great buildings of human spirit and art were created. This is certainly impossible because it would disrupt the experience of beauty and aesthetics, and it would be incontrovertible evidence that most achievements in culture were created on the shoulders of slaves as created today with the money of small taxpayers and new slaves. Today, only the names of the great architects and their companies, such as scientific meritocracy and top entrepreneurs, are highlighted, only to be able to always underline the dominant value orientation of civilization.

These cultural achievements and artifacts can remain, but only if they become part of the inheritance and as marks of a history that has always moved forward and transcends the forms of culture that have come to pass through concrete social relationships. Because all of these constructions are only an objectified spirit of the time, and a careful observer of them can read the state of consciousness and social relations that ruled at that time. That is why our era of observers systematically develops aesthetic rather than spiritual sensibility that includes the mind. Aesthetics is only the superficial relation of the subject perceiving the material object. However, it is only with the whole spirit, that is, the mind, that one can come to complete knowledge, or as Hegel would say, “only the spirit knows the spirit”. However, that movement of the spirit forward, that is, history, unless it becomes a concrete class consciousness of itself and does not strive for social justice and equality, will remain only a pile of crimes and injustices perpetuated precisely in culture.

Today’s term “vandalism” was coined during the French Revolution, attached to Robespierre and the radical insurgents that destroyed cultural achievements, buildings and institutions accumulated in the historical course of history. However, this “vandalism” has created the foundation of enlightenment culture and human rights, that is, awareness of freedom, while it will still be the case that the abolition of exploitative systems will be declared vandalism and terrorism by those who do not care about change. of exploitative social relations. However, not every violence leads to progress, for example Maoism was not bypassed and dialectical and therefore the cultural revolution was not successful, it was devastating and in a civilized sense. The same is true of Nazism, which historically has been a backward one, and this is what some theorists have called negative dialectics.

All of today’s world wonders are built on exploitation and chronic inequality accumulated for centuries, as once world wonders were built by slaves, prisoners of war, prisoners and other “despised”. The lower layers are here, not only to carry stones and bricks, to destroy buildings but to clean and decontaminate waste after the nuclear and biological disasters of Hiroshima, Chernobyl, Fukushima, oil and chemical accidents, toxic havens. However, unless the democratization of culture and the inclusion of the broader strata as conscious cultural entities occur, such culture will sooner or later be doomed to failure.

for several generations when history conceals its traces and processes of creation, people will admire grandiose stadiums, arenas, parliaments, temples and churches, glass buildings, modern designs, etc. By the same logic, for several generations when history will hide their traces and creation processes, people will be amazed at grandiose stadiums, arenas, parliaments, temples and churches, glass buildings, modern designs, etc. The manifest form of what is built on the shoulders of cheap labor, immigrants, exploited will remain. Usually this kind of diagnostics of the time sounds like a radical leftist, and in fact it is elementally historical. This kind of healthy nihilism is needed as a basis for reassessing and reshaping the constitution of the cultural morality of a society and a civilization.

Civilization built on exploitation and social injustice is barbaric. Such a civilization alone creates vandals that will overthrow it, for it has created a society in which man-to-man is a wolf. When today’s magnificent buildings and buildings collapse, the so-called enlightened part of the world will be disgusted again. Just as today’s so-called cultural people are disgusted by looters and profaneers, looters and mobsters and individuals we see on television as whitewashing broken shops or old items and artifacts from destroyed museums. The culture that creates barbarians has no right to be called a culture.

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