Airports and Mass Nomadic Lifestyles

From hospitable lounge chairs to endless waves of people constantly relocating, there is something genuinely sedative about airports.

Source: Wikimedia Commons
Source: Wikimedia Commons

The ultimately ideal place for wanderers, it is the ‘non-place’. The focus of ‘non-place’ is reliant on the fact that no one judges you for who you are. People take on a more neutral veil upon them, as each have their marked destination inside the aiport that will lead them to elsewhere. Your existence is temporary and transient, like that of the non-place.

Despite the numerous number of people stationed in one space, each with different purposes and in different moods, there is no sense of conflict. The occasional case of travelers running senselessly for the terminal, short of breath and time, is exclusive.
Photo credit: Travel Writing in Cambodia

Plus, no one judges you by your ‘cover’ – the accent you sport, the passport you carry that presents your nationality, and your ethnic background simply does not have the same bearing in a ‘non-place’.

In this regard, people feel less conflicted when they are in the move and isochronously when others are in the move. People in the airport share one space, but the underlying idea is that nobody will stay there to share forever.

This brings forth an interesting idea to mind. Since some of us (and I’m confident that more are driven by wanderlust than they are willing to admit) have the innate desire to move around – both on micro and macro levels – perhaps our modern day life has taken a very wrong direction.

Suppose everyone on the planet has to perambulate every business quarter (three months). Our attitudes and end goal in life will substantially change. We would try to make the best of it, meaning we would make definite efforts to acquaint ourselves with those around us (of whom we will most likely never see again) and take good measures to enjoy the rare patch of land that you’ll most likely never set foot on again.
Who says nomadic lifestyle is degenerative?
Who says nomadic lifestyle is degenerative?

But the hitch of this immaculate conception is that eventually, there will be lack of new settings for people to wander. We can do something to address this glaring issue; increase the settling period (which I established as three months) incrementally by three months every year. I’m not the best planner out there but I’m thinking this will allow just enough time to travel all over the place during a person’s lifetime.

Using the worldwide average life expectancy, which is seventy-one, eight-hundred and fifty-two months will be given to travel to each and every spot on earth.

There are more issues like how work would be implemented, how food would be procured, how crimes would be policed and the like.
Its name - Bufalino.
When you can pilot a Bufalino?
I’ve probably just outlined an accurate depiction of what utopia would be, for anti-consumerist folks like Adbusters. Because who would make, supply, and sell goods if everyone were to travel? It is within possibility the jobs would be distributed arbitrarily through a lottery system.
Bringing you comfort and efficiency is the Blob VB3 mobile unit.
Bringing you comfort and efficiency is the Blob VB3 mobile unit –

What I intend to picture is a better infrastructure where people would feel less perplexed and disheartened about their identity and tolerate others more by experiencing first-hand, a plethora of scenarios that would take place in different geographical contexts.

For the intrinsic nomads, the lack of designation and restriction that comes with work and responsibilities will be something to be fancied. To survive, we must assign to ourselves so much burden such as earning a proper income and securing a snug abode. Just like it is in nature, where cubs get disemboweled and its carcass cleaned by vultures (and when Disney and National Geographic decides to shut their eyes), making a living is no less easier in society. With time and evolution, we have simply shifted torment to be directed from physicality to spirituality, as Foucalt observed. But perhaps, we should listen to our primordial but very native instincts and celebrate such lifestyles.
- that has an inverted honeycomb for its interior.
– that has an inverted honeycomb for its interior.

Before I end, there is another absolutely conspicuous flaw in this idea which is the fact that we tend to shy away from too much freedom. Indulge yourself with a steaming (or cool depending on your latitudinal position) cup of coffee, Erich Fromm’s Escape from Freedom and relish some regularity readily available at your disposal. If you’d like to delve deeper into the construct of supermodernity and the non-place, check out Marc Augé’s Non-Places.


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