(from Pocket Philosophy for End Times)
Roads are the straws through which humans suck the juice out of Earth’s resources. They are the structural foundation of human civilizational expansion. Enabling us to become mobile explorers, yet at the same time live within commutable distances to cities. They allow us to bring in goods and people from faraway places, but to also escape to other lands once we’ve devastated local resources. A road is neither here nor there. It constantly changes its name, and doesn’t care of its place, identity or nationality. It has no respect for the land, or for heritage. It forgets about its roots and only cares about its destination. A road paves over the abundance of the here and now, to cater for the uncertainty of future promises. A road invests in destruction, extinction and sterilization in order to gain access to new playgrounds. When roads meet, wars break out. Boundaries are set. Empires rise and fall. Representing 0.2% of the Earth’s land surface, roads will be the largest monument humans leave behind. A nameless altar to our eternal quest, greed and existential confusion. All the roads lead to Rome. All Romes meet their demise.
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