A hackneyed, stock conversation in the anthropology dept between Postmodern and Modern that never actually occurs. Except everyday.
Pomo: You “Mo’s” have been running the show for 400 years, and we’re going to put an end to it.
Mo: What do you mean?
Pomo: It started with your European claims to know absolute truth. Then you forced yourselves on MANY native cultures. It’s called colonialism. Ever heard of it?
Mo: Wait a second. I admit, abuses took place. But most were carried out by European governments and their armies, not by Christians. There’s a difference between the true followers of Jesus and those who use religion to oppress others.
Pomo: Don’t deny your own history, Mo. If you’re saying that the political motivation to expand, to colonialize, to force-feed religion on other cultures didn’t come from the church historic, which included many sincere believers, where did it come from?
Mo: Before you impose your understanding of history on me too forcefully, Pomo, you should know that there are now more Christians in the developing world than in the west.
Pomo: So the end justifies the means? I suppose the next thing you’ll say is that God is the one who gave you this country. Damages along the way were merely “collateral.”
Mo: Unfortunately, we don’t agree among ourselves on this point right now, so we’re not prepared to give an answer.
Pomo: That’s what I thought.
Mo: Don’t get too smug with me, Pomo. You’ve made a HUGE mistake yourself: You’ve become a relativist. Ironically, relativism ultimately means, “anything goes.” And if anything goes, even colonialism would be acceptable.
Pomo: I never said anything goes. I believe we should respect and be tolerant of all human beings!
Mo: Except Christians.
Pomo: They don’t deserve respect. They’ve dominated for centuries. Now it’s time to take away their power and re-distribute it to the powerless.
Mo: That’s what’s maddening about you. You don’t bother to make a strong argument against my position—probably because you can’t. You simply run me over, all the while spouting off about “respect.”
Pomo: Mo, it’s called colonialism. How does it feel?
Question: What’s Mo’s next move?