Kicking Beehives

Their belief in the “social construction of reality” — the central dogma of postmodernist thought — reflects the experience of living in an artificial environment from which everything that resists human control (unavoidably, everything familiar and reassuring as well) has been rigorously excluded. Control has become their obsession. In their drive to insulate themselves against risk and contingency — against the unpredictable hazards that afflict human life — the thinking classes have seceded not just from the common world around them but from reality itself.

—Christopher Lasch weighing in on the “thinking classes” largely made up of academics who ascribe to postmodern philosophy. (via lasch-daily)

(via shatterrealm)