Heroes of the Lowest Common Denominator
Kali Tribune’s Ministry of Logical Hygiene, Historical Continuity and Ego Euthanasia Management hereby issues a statement on ongoing self-righteousness pandemic. We take the common and pervasive notion of every day heroes (nurses, shop assistants, etc.), inflating into saccharine bubble all over the world, and attempt to demonstrate what it can teach us about the deeper causes of our historical moment.
Figure of the common man, and only the common man, as a hero is in fact one of the side effects of the dissolution of the principle of humanism. We take into consideration early humanism in Immanuel Kant and trace the dissolution of this metaphysical principle, that originally put forward the exceptional and genius as an ideal of humanity, into infinite particle swarm of egocentric figures of everyman and everywoman.
If anyone mourns the passing of the figure of genius writer or courageous journalist can now finally see them fulfilled, conserved and elevated in the figure of the shop assistant or a nurse twerking in the face of dangerous pandemic, preferably for online public.
Finally, we juxtapose both early and late humanism to traditional principle where only that which is above human deserves praise and where heroism is determined by human ability to assimilate to that which transcends him.
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