The end of history will be a very sad time. The struggle for recognition, the willingness to risk one’s life for a purely abstract goal, the worldwide ideological struggle that called forth daring, courage, imagination, and idealism, will be replaced by economic calculation, the endless solving of technical problems, environmental concerns, and the satisfaction of sophisticated consumer demands. In the post historical period there will be neither art nor philosophy, just the perpetual care taking of he museum of human history. I can feel in myself, and see in others around me, a powerful nostalgia for the time when history existed. – Francis Fukuyama
There are many ways to interpret Fukuyama’s concept of end of ideolgy/history. This work has inspired many to think of ideological values differently. One of the best things Fukuyama has done for me is break down Hegel’s philosophy on separation of consciousness and physical reality.
“Indeed, Hegel the professor was temporarily
thrown out of work as a result of a very material event, the Battle of Jena. But
while Hegel’s writing and thinking could be stopped by a bullet from the material
world, the hand on the trigger of the gun was motivated in turn by the ideas of
liberty and equality that had driven the French Revolution.”
That means inspite of being physically out of an institution that claimed to perpetuate philosophical thinking or academia, Hegel was still very much in thought present as a philosopher even though he physically was out of the institution.
Consciousness is causes and not effect, and can develop
autonomously from the material world, hence the real subtext underlying the
apparent jumble of current events is the history of ideology.
This whole piece made me dwell deeper into the difference of consciousness and material world. My consciousness has thoughts regarding such philosophical questions which the physical self does not allow to be vocalised publicly. Why? Because of the judgement thrown in on it by the physical world. The idea that philosophy has to be rendered as a pointless subject and we must all only focus upon economic gains has already progress in this period called ‘end of history’ and Fukuyama is indeed right. Art, philosophy etc are all denigrated as a pointless endeavor. The human world therefore will not consider consciousness as something to be addressed but as the nagging speech that would not let us sleep at night. A condition that is not an extension of human life but an obstacle.
The voice you hear inside your head is the part of a consciousness that exist separate from the physical world. That is not to say they both cannot co-exist. They very well do.
For it, the law of universe does not necessarily apply. It is aware of the laws yes, but those laws are not applicable. The thoughts don’t weigh differently in space than on earth. They are different in the sense, “Wow so many stars!” and “Wow this CO2 level is choking my lungs out.”
You know which is where. First thought will occur at Hollywood and second one on a planet which has 96% CO2 in its atmosphere – Venus.
Thoughts may or may not die with you. They don’t have a voice unless you are physically present – so the consciousness need not necessarily be limitless. But it is limitless because we have found ways to record consciousness (which I plainly have interpreted as thoughts) in books, audios and mundane blogs such as this one. Not to forget ‘social media’.
But understanding that consciousness is limitless and not confined to physical structures. And yes, Hinduism has always spoken about the above but there is a flaw. It has attributed consciousness to specific gods such as Krishna, Vishnu etc. It has made the whole philosophical concept to perpetuate a divisive industry by which it can profit. It seeks donations – talks about a limitless consciousness then divides people immediately by speaking of eating habits, gender, caste and other such flaws.
Therefore, as a Hindu who cannot read Sanskrit in order to get the unadulterated idea of what the core philosophy is – I have understood the idea of limitless consciousness with the help of Fukuyama and Hegel. So religious people be careful before you start taking credit – knowledge is as limitless as consciousness is (although intellectual property rights exist in the material world of course and must be respected.)
My main takeaway from this idea is a very personal one. Even though there is a limit for me performing with regards to my thoughts in the real world. Performing as in publishing pieces, speaking at events or making videos – my thoughts or consciousness is not limited. I have no business pushing them down or repressing them simply because of the physical circumstances I am face. Also, to think the part of me (my mind) is limitless is so very liberating!
P.S. The above interpretation of Hegel, Fukuyama and Hinduism is very personal. If you were offended then I apologise.
Source for the quotes: https://ps321.community.uaf.edu/files/2012/10/Fukuyama-End-of-history-article.pdf