Transience versus drop-out neo-colonialism

The difference between transient people and middle-class dropouts who use the world as their emotional playground:

Wherever you go, don’t pretend it’s an escape.

The people in the place you move to live in a world with huge problems, wherever you choose.

So wherever you go to call home, you have to resolve to making it your home by living with the people who live there and taking on their issues as your own – not as a saviour figure from outside, but as someone who wants to be a part of the community you find yourself in.

That’s the transient way.

Wherever we go, we take part.

So, always choose your destination well.

Take into account what you can give and what will be needed from you, as much as what you need and what you think you can expect to be given.

What do you need and what can you give?

Those two questions will define the best places for you to go.

It’s not “escape”.

It’s going where’s best for everyone, including you.

Unless you are fleeing a war zone or an utterly collapsed economy (and I mean collapsed to the point that you live on the street), the idea of transience being a way to “escape” with little care about anything except yourself isn’t transience. It’s neo-colonialism.

You’re not a transient, you’re literally colonising.

You’re going somewhere to either set up an enclave or maintain an enclave.

There are MANY times where transient communities are fucked over by people around them and forced to create an enclave.

But those occasions don’t begin with people from relatively affluent backgrounds displacing the local populace.

If you’re doing that, you’re colonising, not being transient.

Transience isn’t about escape.

Transience is a way of life.

It’s a way of life which involves a set of difficult responsibilities which you have to acknowledge and live by.

It’s not to say that you have to live as second class citizens to every static community you encounter.

It’s that you can’t pretend you’re superior to them.

It’s to acknowledge that, when movement is a choice rather than a response to immediate threat, we have an extra impetus to our responsibility to the community we engage with, driven by the lack of mitigating factors that can remove us from the responsibility of our actions as reasonable people.

Especially when we come from a more affluent background.

Caveat: if you’re so economically destitute as to be literally street homeless in a new country, or have been made homeless in your own country….

Well, there’s no caveat. You know this already. You’ve known poverty at its extreme, and you don’t need me to remind you of what it takes to survive it.

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