This epistemological impasse precisely marks the postcolonial knowledge condition. It is an amnesia, but one that does not exactly mean forgetting; rather, it signifies the collective condition of a group that does not know what has been forgotten.
In the midst of the discussion, a peasant....said: "Now I see that without man there is no world."
...The educator responded: "Let's say, for the sake of argument, that all the men on earth were to die, but that the earth itself remained, together with trees, birds, animals, rivers, seas, the stars ... wouldn't all this be a world?"
"Oh no," the peasant replied emphatically. "There would be no one to say: 'This is a world.'"