by Gerry McCarthy
The first time I heard about postmodernism I was intimidated. What did it mean? I soon discovered it was a term everyone understood, but struggled to define.
Some say postmodernism is summed up by the expression, "Yeah whatever." Or by the flippancy of American philosopher Richard Rorty who once remarked that: "Truth is whatever your contemporaries let you get away with."
I’m assuming these were the sort of remarks on Cardinal Ratzinger’s mind last year when he explained (just before the Cardinals went into conclave to elect him Pope) that: "We are moving towards a dictatorship of relativism that recognizes nothing definite and leaves one’s own ego and one’s desires as the final measure."