2008 Obama, Japan
posted by October 29 at 10:16 AMon
Barak Obama seems to be especially popular in the the ancient fishing village of Obama, Japan. Japanese ‘Obama Girls’ shout “Yes we can!” during a rally to support Barack Obama.
Why for me Obama? Not for color or heritage. It has to do with Hegel’s mystical (and more interesting) statements. My favorite of such statements concerns the Weltgeist.
Writes Michael Löwy and Eleni Varikas in Radical Philosophy:
The ideology of progress, born (in its modern guise) during the Enlightenment, finds its culminating philosophical expression in Hegel’s conception of history. Here, everything that happens marks a further step in mankind’s march towards freedom: watching Napoleon ride into his home town, Hegel is convinced that he has witnessed `the world spirit [Weltgeist] mounted on horseback’.
Obama has about him this spirit, the world spirit. It’s not a rational understanding, it’s something that’s more felt than properly understood. But for sure he marks the realization of (or makes graspable) our situation, the global situation. With him we can abandoned such clumsy but once useful tools as cognitive mapping. Through the new spirit (or mood), the global is comprehend.