Placelessness

From a piece in the New York Times Magazine on digital nomads:

If the usual trappings of adulthood don’t seem attainable, and a permanent sense of precariousness seems unavoidable, why not embrace impermanence instead?

Can you imagine a pair of noise-canceling headphones for geography? That’s how I started to think of Roam. When you want to, you can block out your sense of place entirely and exist in a hazy, calm, featureless space that could be anywhere. This nomadic bubble goes beyond a hotel in that it stretches around the world and is built to encompass your entire life; it promises to become your post-geographical home. Yet I found there to also be an anxiety to this hermetic placelessness, no matter how beautifully unburdened or minimalist it appears. Living anywhere is a lot like living nowhere.

2 thoughts on “Placelessness”

  1. It seems to me that we often roam in order to find our sense of authenticity in Being. Until we have found that, or at least come to terms with the ephemeral nature of the authenticity of Being, then we surely carry our anxiety geographically and post-geographically. The baggage we are stuck with is ourselves. That is a good thing. We are perfectly imperfect, everywhere and nowhere. 🙂

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