Cities

“Ydinstadi jakautuu luotettavasti kolmeen: Töölöt, Etelät, Kalliot. Alueet ovat monikossa, sillä Töölöjä on Etu- ja Taka-versiot, Eteliä on Jätkäsaaresta Eiraan, ja Kallioita on kukkuloilla ja kupittelurannoilla. Pasila on kuin uusi helmi joka lepää Vanhan Kolmikon päällä.”


As I have written about cars (Oh, CARS) then I must lay down a few lines on cities. En masse we have forgotten that but a few decades ago we were not moving around in cars, travelling great distances during a day getting a million and one things done, all of which contribute to the economy. People were quite stationary: to say the least.

Now that we then have a societal infrastructure and living rhythms built around cars, we of course have the immense problems that come with it, ranging from environmental hazard to social troubles resultant from time spent in traffic, away from Family. So whilst the loving of cars shall most definitely continue then clearly we have to look beyond, as well.

Cities are the answer. Build modernity into a tightly packed, well-designed area and you not only have the capacity to drop the reliance on cars from your masterplan but you also save plenty of nature by not spreading a suburb out into it. Cities are the most objective and correct answer to move us forward.

Cities are immense. How many people live in cities? The answer, spoken modernly, is shit-tons. There are shit-tons of people living in cities and plenty more continuing to move in around the world. That’s damned good news for the environment, as long as the cities are built properly.

Cities are human-built forests and jungles, radiating wealth into the surrounding lands. Cities are oases of growth: the megaseeds of the future where interaction between people creating action works much like the core of a nuclear reactor. A bunch of economic agents, ”human particles”, bouncing around from tower to tower, café to cocktail bar meeting others until matches strike across business lives, love lives, and so forth.

Cities are pop. They are so awesome that they require their own lexicon of amazespeak. Spectamungular could be a good first word, for all I care: cities deserve all the love on the Planet right now, for cities will save it.

I live in a city. It is fair enough to say that Helsinki, Finland has been passing through the infinite cusp between large town and city for the past decade or two. But it is now most definitely a global-level city.

Cities are not for everyone. In their condensed form, luckily this means that naturally cities leave space for all the other forms of land usage around them. If you do not like cities, I suggest you do not live in them.

Cities. I mean God: CITIES. Is there anything more spectacular than CITIES?

© 2019 Jens J. Sørensen

Supremacy Over the Tool

Ultimately, supremacy over the tool comes down to whether or not you have notifications turned on.

I’d say it is smart to consider what notifications make sense, like a spring cleaning (perhaps the digital space naturally gets the autumn cleaning, then?): the primary value of automated notification is speed-to-outcome regarding the information.

That in turn forces the consideration of the desire to obtain the outcome. Must everything be carried? That is to say: notifications have time-cost weight, and not all information is worth the carried effort. I’ve found that many things previously notified-in-automation, and subsequently turned off, but still wished to be returned to, come back with a natural rate of just falling into it: whatever it was that was, in the past, notified about. Clearing out also makes space for the bringing-in of the new, and helps keep the economy in motion, so you know: extra-added value.

So it’s like: “Babe, what’s your Notifications-policy? I’m all outta digital whack and gotta clean up this screenplace.”

© 2019 Jens J. Sørensen