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The Era of Modernism


I had heard the term “modern art” being used to describe, more often than not, abstract art. Thus, in my head, art that focused on colors, textures, and shapes, rather than accurate depiction, was considered modern art. However, that’s not the whole story; it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Modern art forms a part of a much larger cultural movement that dates back to the twentieth-century – Modernism. As the word suggests, Modernism took shape around the belief in the progress of society and was a revolt against the traditional values of realism. It was based on a ‘utopian vision’ of society that arose from the extensive changes taking place in Western society in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Put on your top hats and bowler hats as we visit the late 1800s.


The Era of Romanticism


The word ‘romantic’, today, is often correlated with the word ‘love’, and is used to describe either the genre of movies or a person. But, where does this word and the concept of Romanticism come from? Romanticism was an intellectual, social, and literary movement that started in the 18th century, originating from Western Europe. Romanticism was the attitude or the ‘way of doing’ which characterized works of art, literature, architecture, painting, music, etc. in Western civilization and continued till about the second half of the 19th century.


The Era of Renaissance

‘Renaissance’ is an Italian word, meaning ‘rebirth’ or ‘revival’. Over the last centuries this word has come to acquire new meanings and connotations. Renaissance, as we understand today, refers to a period in European history associated with major social and cultural developments between the 14th and 17th centuries. Believed to have played a major role in bridging the gap between the Middle Ages and modern-day civilisation, Renaissance was the beginning of a transition from darkness to light. Interestingly, prior to the 19th century, these major socio-cultural developments in Europe were not codified as Renaissance.


Diet and its evolution

DIET, a word that is the staple to our language these days originated in the early 19th century. Diet simply means the sum of food consumed by a person or other organism. This often refers to the use of a specific nutrition for health or weight-management reasons (both are often associated).

It started back in the era of the Industrial Revolution. The Industrial Revolution brought an increase in wealth, in the production of goods and the standard of living. This led to the discovery and evolution of new resources that were artificially made and this resulted in today’s essential commodities like sugar, alcohol, salt, cereal grains, domesticated meats and dairy products. Industrial Revolution introduced new methods of food processing including the addition of cereals, refined sugar and refined vegetable oils.

limbic capitalism

Limbic Capitalism

Although some countries have a socialistic or mixed form of economy, the world at large is moving towards capitalistic economies where private individuals and businesses control the country trade and industry. And no doubt, there are “n” numbers of benefits to consumers in a capitalistic economy. Good quality products, cheap prices, frequent technological innovation are just a few among the many by-products of cut-throat competition that exist in such economies. But as we know, companies run for profit motive and what better way to increase profit than by increasing sales? Today we are victims of the new strategy that companies employ known as limbic capitalism.

green capitalism

Green Capitalism

The most condemned, yet heedlessly propagated agenda of the decade: Capitalism. The word symbolizes everything that is hurting the environment, humanity and sometimes, the economy. It is exploitative, unsustainable, discriminative, corruptive, and unethical; basically the entirety of what the richest man of this world stands for.

Green Capitalism might sound like the most bizarre oxymoron to you. How come the environment’s worst nemesis suddenly switch sides to rescue the environment from its own clutches? Well, they say that a known enemy is better than an unknown friend. So is green capitalism a mirage? I would say that it’s the perfect example of your murderer writing a eulogy for you. Take the next three minutes to formulate an opinion on the same.

Welfare Capitalism

Welfare Capitalism

How can we take care of economic development and worker’s rights at the same time? Well, welfare capitalism is considered a leading idea and one of the possible solutions to deal with worker’s rights and economic development. It is an important yet controversial phase of today’s economic policies. Primarily, welfare capitalism is explained as a business-favored policy where the private sector is more effective in providing social welfare programs than the federal government.
Characterized by a concern for the welfare of various social groupings, practiced usually through social-security programs, collective bargaining agreements, state industrial codes and other guarantees against insecurity; Companies providing these services have a two-fold interest in mind. Firstly, companies act in a paternalistic manner wherein they give employees what managers think is best suited for them. Secondly, the companies perceive that providing workers with some benefits can help them stop receiving complaints about larger structural issues such as unsafe conditions and long hours.


Understanding Confucianism in the 21st Century

Confucianism is one of the great traditions of the world that comes from East Asia. It has influenced, inspired and changed the world for the last many centuries and continues to remain a powerful force, not only in Asia, but around the globe in the 21st Century. For over 2,500 years the Confucian thought has dominated and shaped the worldview of China. The teachings of Confucius are still quoted, analysed and read to understand the various aspects of Chinese society, culture and its great government. The theory has been introduced and developed in Korea, Japan and Vietnam and is now even accepted in the Western world. There is a group in Boston called the Boston Confucians.

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