by Mika Garau
Infrastructure is a basic goal of every human movement. It doesn’t matter if a movement is seeking for power or if it follows a certain ideology or if it strives for e.g. better education. Over time we are always bound to societies that like and prefer the development of a societal and technological infrastructure – an overlaying infrastructure that permanently shapes and reshapes the planet. There is probably no such an ideology or political concept which doesn’t strive for the development of a societal infrastructure. This is an inherent behaviour – an ingredient of life itself. Life is actively creating infrastructure.
The development of societal and technological infrastructures has – in a way and in the long run – always been independent from the people that actually and temporarily are in charge or rule a certain region. People were killed or died but infrastructures remained. Houses and cities are destroyed but the knowledge to build them again remains. And even if the knowledge gets lost – our brains will rebuild these infrastructures because they are wired to do so. And the next house or the next city represent the next version of the infrastructural idea of this certain object. Basic technological ideas remain.
This is because we as humans are independent from our beliefs, our concepts – our personal plans – we are set to always establish a present system and a following future system – no matter which ideology or which terms are temporarily applied. The fact of being inside of this mental infrastructural system probably means that there are many (inter-) connections between us, although in many cases our brains seem to ignore other concepts. But this is how we go on. This is probably the direction we were and are referring to over the recent 2.8 million+ years – since the first hand-axe. Probably longer.
We can see many emancipating processes, in which we actually do liberate us from – or are liberated from – existing patterns. But probably these liberations are part of the development of infrastructure as well – they also represent the next version of a certain state.
We use technology as a specific form of codification, we create pictures, poems, books or architecture and we can read it – better: interpret it. Our brains read it and are or get inspired. In fact it seems as if the very special thing about human beings is that we can consciously watch progress happen and that we can mutually teach ourselves to see progress happening. To today it is not very clear how much influence we can actually take.
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