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Uprootedness

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The social factors existing in any one country, region or town, has relations in uprootedness. Any situation where we have an abuse of authority and corporate-economic domination, the disease of uprootedness is provoked or sustained. To be rooted, as Simone Weil states, is perhaps the most important and yet, the least recognized need of the human soul. A human being has roots by nature, by virtue of our real and active participation in the life of community and automatically incubated by our current place, conditions of birth, professional and social surroundings.

What we consider education of the “masses”, has evolved into a closed, unwholesome, degraded atmosphere so indifferent from the truth.Our culture has become an exclusively social one, making timeline persuasions hold sway over original creative thoughts that are essentially modified through sharing.

The impediment of our social mediums to the faculties of discernment, memory make us vulnerable to false ideas, generally speaking, and continuously resolving for viable truths in doctrines that are actually incapable of assimilation due to their outdated nature.

Laws devoid of applicable value in todays digital climate, are still forcibly ensnarling us.

I find that the self and societal perpetuations of uprootedness are dangerous because the current forms are difficult to discern (given all the distractions) and because we lack proper context to completely overthrow that which oppresses us. A self-propagating structure devised to either push you into lethargy, or encourage you to be ardent in some activity designed to hurl you further into uprootedness.

“Whoever is uprooted himself, uproots others. Whoever is rooted himself doesn’t uproot others.” -Simone Weil

Our information age, with all of its appeal, is aiding in a relative drowsiness — overloading the human sensorium, making us specialized fodder for surveillance. Many of us want to be rooted somehow, but our ideas of such will be accompanied by imaginary references to the future and borrowed fiction from the past. There are others who want to see what has been in place simply maintained or reinforced, because no new solution comforts the upheaval.

Under the affects of war, the disease of uprootedness is felt throughout the world. Leaving one legitimately appalled or weakened in position to do anything about it. And because it so rarely happens that military requirements are in accordance, and not in contradiction with optimal human aspiration, a common failure of society is when we attempt to meet the challenges of the new technological climate with the tools of the old industrial-mechanized one.

But WE (the internet using/developing we) have the tools to educate the world about the ever changing capabilities of technology, measure its progression, and to ensure that it develops in a “responsible” manner. But we are slowly entering the sphere of discourse surrounding the restructuring of rules and relationships. And we’re still racist about it.

I think that political initiatives should no longer be proposed in attempt to sustain or marginally change the frameworks that are observed to be currently restrictive and inefficient. It perpetuates uprootedness.

The response to uprootedness, as I see it, is a cultural revolution. In other words, a continuous change in understanding communication itself, notably how our digital spaces create and sustain environments and ideologies.

We are doing the work, amongst ourselves, and maybe unbeknown to ourselves, but we are finding roots in strange electronic spaces.