In the way that Mexican modernists see it, people are either blind or unwilling to break the chains of platitudinal
servitude to an inconsequential idea of the self.
FDR eventually wrote back a platitudinal
letter agreeing with Phelps's sentiments, but again promised no speech.
Consequently, Occupy's opposition to external forms and institutions of white privilege almost becomes immediately platitudinal
in sentiment and expression.
The meaninglessness of the "I" calls for further elaboration in what follows before this reading returns to the riddle of referentiality in Tawada's text, for much in Tawada's poetic practice turns on the inversive irony of the textual "I" undoing the platitudinal
plaints of the narrative "I.
I draw on the Liberian case to show how vague, platitudinal
, or contradictory understandings of reintegration can translate in the field to ad hoc and disengaged planning processes and programs that lack a clear strategy and lead to overblown expectations.