Addressing worldviews: Exiting the Greco-Roman matrix

The Postcolonial

red pill blue pill

“You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.” – Morpheus

Since the Pax Romana (c.30 B.C-200 A.D) and the ‘Christianization’ of the Roman Empire (c.300 A.D), the Western world has been held captive by a particular ‘worldview’ or a subjective way of viewing the world, others and oneself. Namely Western civilization as we know it has been strongly influenced by the Greco-Roman metanarrative of life. Everything from capitalism, colonization, environmental destruction, mass slavery, socio-economic disparity, religious supremacy and individualism (you know the good old things?) has its roots in Greco philosophy and Roman politics. Now is the time to shake off the bliss of conformity and challenge the system that has and still does justify oppression and exploitation.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Brilliant. I shared this as we need a vision of unadulterated Christianity. Take the red pill!



  2. Hi, this is something that the Lord has laid on my heart for some time. Not directly in context with the pages topic but an area we need especially in South Africa to tackle.

    Price tag — language and cultural proficiency

    There are two pressing aspects omitted from church to church, organisation to organisation, house to house thinking on South Africa’s future — learning each others languages and cultures thus embracing mutual histories.

    Pre-liberation thinking focused on dismantling apartheid in favour of inclusive democracy with little attention to the challenges of post-liberation.

    Today we are living with the tensions that have arisen from the ‘development’ processes of missionary, educational, economic and commercial colonialism. The positives became swamped, the negatives oppressive for those perceived as undeveloped.

    To achieve needed reconciliatory interaction mistakes made must become our tutors, we need to learn from what was not done. Required unity and justice need more thorough language and cultural understanding. Voices that brought about change need to be echoed now and their volume increased to ensure our many strengths resonate further.

    Faith and service organisations that have the ear of millions collectively are particularly well placed to achieve this. Multi-racialism must be pro-actively explored.

    Inclusiveness necessarily involves personal and interpersonal concerns regarding, physical, intellectual, psychological, spiritual and mental health. What has been and is already being achieved needs to take on tsunami proportions with a person for person search for ways to equip ourselves to relate to communities totally different from our own.

    Active engagement with each other would reduce fears of the unknown.

    Voices of concerned rationality and patience need with ever deepening empathy to continue answering the frustrated voice of liberation.

    Integrity and trust will only come through genuinely treating each other as human beings — leading to emancipation of us all and the freedom of true humanity.

    We must implement a social process to make bilingualism a household “word”.

    The call of the Belhar Confessional thinking within the Dutch Reformed Christian community for instance must come with such a process not before it; then held high as the beacon of progressive hope among all peoples together.

    Freedom for us all remains the clarion call. Freedom from traditionalism and its negative practices. Freedom from partisan convictions and concerns.

    The impetus is there in many faiths and philosophies. Individuals and collectives can re-emphasise and actualise it.

    In the lived experience of ‘liberation’ we can bring this language and cultural focus into the realities of service delivery, low wages, closure of major business enterprises and mines, retrenchments, wide-spread unemployment and growing poverty, crime, fear, emigration, and farm murders.

    The social reality faced in South Africa challenges to the utmost the credibility and liberating power of all ways of dealing with life.

    In achieving this we relate with what is the most humane in ourselves and in others.

    This the price tag.

    It must be paid.



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