Part 1: The Hypothetical Situation

The pace of change seems to be compressing time (or space) itself. The destination is "the within reach". Images fall successively from more or less distant realities. Nothing stays for very long - but we are said to be aware of the road we travel.  Mobility has become  the privilege, our privilege, or some other's privilage that produces increasingly the image of  the citizen/alien as refugee or exiled or traveler.

As Zizek states it is not only that Hollywood stages a semblance of real life deprived of the weight and inertia of materiality .., "real social life" itself somehow acquires the features of a staged fake, with our neighbors behaving in "real" life as stage actors...

The strategies of the speculative principally prompt self-choice, which calls for both an ego and an ethno-decentering. This hypothetical situation provides the structural conditions of reciprocity; and, the task is to relate identity questions with temporal ones.
 

The rooms we inhabit become transitrooms, everything (everyone) is moving.  Space can no longer be defined as an area between points. It is a flow, a sequence, a continuum of conditions.

Consider a refugee who faces the difficulty of beginning while adopting a permanent exile.  It is neither a road to nowhere nor a communitarian shelter.  Letís assume that this position, torn between traditional values and modern epistemological doubt, between a community identity and the death of identity, fosters a non-authoritative identity.

Re-evaluating community to the difficulty of beginnings.

Adopting neither the posture of the individual nor proclaiming the death of the subject.  The difficulty of beginnings lies in the doubling of contrasts, such as possibility and necessity, infinity and temporality, mobility and locality.

" fight against the tyranny of (human) fear", Kierkegaard

The fear of self and others, as signified by today's ethnic and religious hatred, is now the most insidious form of tyranny that distorts human relations because it is not directly detectable.  Alternatively, a crisis attitude provides a disjunctive basis for being delivered into the ethical and moral spheres of existing in a multicultural life-world. One cannot sit back and problematize the validity of identity claims without being exposed to the possibility of radical change in one's own identity.

Objective communication is useful in building roads, but a self-identity is not revealed immediately, it grows through engagement or in relation to others.  Through the use of mobility, contexts can be examined horizontally and trans-culturally, in order that one forges a doubt necessary within the development of an 'idealized' identity.  Introducing the personal or verticality as a discursive mode within rather than outside of: communication, identity and the real, may begin a process of delimiting contingent conditions of the 'self''.

Movement, migration, escape present a scenario, a situation, that gives space to, alterity, alterities, but there is work still to be done.  And there is within all this discussion a question of departure.  What from?  Where to?  Is it possible?

Signpost Up Ahead.

"To go nowhere, even to ride around in a deserted quarter or on a crowded freeway, now seems natural for the voyeur-voyager in his car.  On the contrary, to stop, to park, are unpleasant operations, and the driver even resents going somewhere or toward someone; to visit a person or to go see a show seems to require superhuman effort."
Paul Virilio Aesthetics of Disappearance

 

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