"From this perspective, it is necessary to admit that the colonization of America, its immediate consequences in the global market, and the formation of a new model of global power are a truly tremendous historical change and that they affect not only Europe but the entire globe. This is not a change in a known world that merely altered some of its traits. It is a change in the world as such. This is, without doubt, the founding element of the new subjectivity: the perception of historical change. It is this element that unleashed the process of the constitution of a new perspective about time and about history. [...] The future is an open temporal territory. Time can be new, and so not merely the extension of the past."
Anibal Quijano. "Coloniality of Power, Eurocentrism, and Latin America." Nepantla: Views from South. 1:3 (2000), 533-580.