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DISPLACED!

To be thrown out of your own mind is a far worse form of displacement than being threatened away from the land of one’s birth. Living in the 21st century, amidst many trappings of post-modernist existence, the modern human is left without much say in the perennial race that Charles Darwin termed as the survival of the fittest

By Pandora
What would you do, if you were given an ultimatum to pack up your life’s belongings and leave the piece of land you have lived your whole life and journey towards the unknown? What if you have suddenly become a ‘displaced’ in a matter of days, or even hours?

This is the story of a significant proportion of the citizenry in this nation today. Be it due to the north east conflict, political violence in the south, or natural disasters, the number of displaced within the country of their birth is rapidly growing.
Yet, there are other forms of displacements, which are quite different from the physical displacement of those victims. Many in the camps for internally displaced keep their roots firmly planted in their original places of residence. They dream of returning. The only strength that prevents them from toppling over the edge of sanity is that constant yearning for the return – to their homes.

Others who live aeons away from danger zones, physically and metaphysically, suffer from a different – perhaps more acute and even permanent form of displacement. This is the inability to relate to one’s own self – in a social, cultural and political sense.
To be thrown out of your own mind is a far worse form of displacement than being threatened away from the land of one’s birth.
Living in the 21st century, amidst many trappings of post-modernist existence, the modern human is left without much say in the perennial race that Charles Darwin termed as the survival of the fittest.

The more free we imagine we are, the less freedom we actually enjoy. Freedom comes in shapes and sizes. Revelling in the pretence of free choice, we select the option that was pre-designed for us. We ‘choose’ to be uprooted.
In this process of free choice, we become cultureless, formless creatures who are perpetually wandering the earth, in search of a place to stick our flag – to claim, this is who I am, this is where I belong.

Ironically, what we run away from all our lives, is what we look for, until the day we die.
Until then we live like hollow beings in empty carcasses, trusting no one – including one’s own self. We constantly look over our shoulders, in fear that we would be discovered. It is detrimental that we should feel the need to be rooted – most of all, it is un-cool.

The search for the root, ideally, should be perpetual. That is where the identity is formed – in this eternal state of displacement, within one’s own head. Cultural displacement or the state of being ‘identity-less,’ is becoming consecrated into a religion. Being without labels is the most alluring label of all, in order to be part of modernity.
Therefore, the modern human exists in a dual plain – the constant need to escape from a rooted identity and the perpetual need to fit into a paradigm. Both have to co-exist in order for the human to survive. The absence of one plain creates a great sense of insecurity leading an individual over the edge, which could most often lead to suicide.
Conflicts end, disasters get effectively managed and the people return to their places of origin. And life goes on. Yet, the emotionally displaced live on as long as there is conflict and disaster, in the mind.

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