The Return of History
I just wanted to alert you to what promises to be a damned interesting lecture series coming up on CBC Radio. The annual Massey Lectures will be delivered by Jennifer Welsh (who seems remarkably young to be a UN Special Adviser), and are entitled “The Return of History”. You can read something about Welsh’s theme on the CBC website. An itinerary for the lecture tour and the broadcast series is posted here. The broadcast should be available online on the CBC Radio Ideas programme in early November. Apparently, a book by that title will be available after September 17.
“The Return of History”, by its description, seems very much in tune with what we are calling “chaotic transition” here, or “new normal”, “post-Enlightenment”, “post-truth society”, “nihilism”, and so on. It addresses the breakdown of democracies, the return of “barbarism” and things deemed “medieval” (by which I think is meant the decadent phase of Christendom — Inquisition, torture, witch hunting, rampant superstition, manias, disappearing of presumed heretics, and so on). — all those lovely things we talk about on The Chrysalis, and of which we were forewarned by Jean Gebser in his cultural philosophy.
So, you might want to have your Valium prescription updated and on hand when you read the book or listen online to the lectures.