The discovery of the Objective World, was one of the things that made the Modern World. The two worlds were practically synonymous with each other.
And, as I keep remarking, the Latin American world is still operating in the Subjective World, and as a result remains undeveloped. For those of you in the North, this may be hard to grasp, so let me expand on this. The Objective World has developed concepts of space and time – they extended infinitely in all directions. You cannot imagine how important this is – so let me give you an example.
I just completed my weekly shopping trip to the nearest large town: Cartago. It has a much better selection of nearly everything – and better prices too – so I stock up on all kinds of things, and take them back to the small town of Orosi where I live. Today I loaded two large bags into the overhead rack over the seats. The driver is used to my strange behavior, and gave me time to assemble all my stuff and to stumble off of the bus in Orosi with my treasures.
This did not used to be the case. In the two years I have lived here, I have never seen anyone else carry shopping back from Cartago to Orosi. The Tico mind just does not work that way. It is unacquainted with the Objective World, with its expanded concepts of space and time – which includes the spaces and the times of both Cartago and Orosi (and everything else). For them, these are two different subjective worlds – not part of the same thing.
I hardly need tell you the advantages the Modern World gave us – all one has to do is make the five minute walk from San Diego to Tijuana to be struck by the difference. It’s like going back in time five hundred years. At the same time, a perceptive person cannot also notice that the Modern World has ended. What happened? Why did this happen?
James S. Hans – an intellectual, not a social activist – who, as an intellectual, is interested in the thinking process – says the assumptions and procedures we used to explore the Objective World have taken us to a dead-end - and we need to radically change the way we do our problem-solving.
I cannot explain his theory, I can barely understand it myself – but stay tuned.