The distinction between a masterpiece and a piece of trash is left largely to preference. Further, it’s true that we all have our own unique tastes. However, despite the claims of postmodern thinkers, it seems difficult to deny that inherent beauty exists in art and architecture just as it does in the natural world.
Of course, that’s not what you’ll hear from some on the cultural left. To them, literally and figuratively deconstructing architecture is just another way of challenging the objective worldview that the rest of us take for granted.
The postmodern mistake
Progressives’ relativistic worldview doesn’t end where brick and mortar begin.
When the perpetually aggrieved can accuse architecture itself of being racist, anything is possible. Cherished symbols of classicism are defaced with soulless edifices of gleaming glass and steel. European history is overshadowed by a geometric successor that forces the old into undeserved obscurity.
Meanwhile, historic statues and memorials are removed to appease modern sensibilities. We are not allowed to keep our own history, however troubling it may be. Instead, we must make way for a nationwide monument to political correctness that stood in the place formerly occupied by our collective legacy and soul.
Is this any surprise? After all, any observer of postmodernism understands at a glance that its practitioners value novelty over substance. When the identity of the architect is more important than the quality of his predecessor’s design, should we expect anything other than an extension of moral relativism made manifest in colossal fashion?
It is your right to deny the inherent beauty of God’s world. It is even your right to ignore the very the senses He gave us to appreciate them. But what if old pictures of cities move your heart, or if you feel nostalgia for things that existed before you were born? You are just one more victim of “progress.”