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