October 2, 2003:
Bradley Burkhart responds to Suzi Gablik's article, "The
Unmaking of Modernism".
rational approach emphasizes command over the physical world
through quantifiable observation and lauds the values of
the individual over the community. It goes without saying
that the two approaches have had a natural and mutual antagonism.
When rationality moved to the forefront, it was fought bitterly
at first. Subsequently, it was viewed as a valuable new
tool. Eventually, however, it bullied its way into being
the only reliable means for knowing reality. As a consequence,
intuition has been marginalized and treated as unreliable
or even malevolent by current decision makers. In the process,
the currency of meaning has become quantity not quality;
and, as you have commented, the spiritual underpinnings
of culture have been devastated...."
the full text of Brad's letter here.