Domed Cities and the Troglodyte Mentality

Some time ago, I posted some thoughts on the future techno-topias of “domed cities”. Recently, a WordPress blogger has posted some further illustrations on the theme of domed cities of the future. We still retain many features of our troglodyte origins.

So, these images have nothing to do with “the future”, but with the past. They are symbolic forms of womb-like enclosure that attest to the growing insularity and alienation of the mental-rational consciousness structure from its environment. They are, in effect, caves and express a longing for return to the cave. Even the private automobile is, in effect, a cave on wheels and kind of like a tortoise shell. Less a conveyance for the body, it is something we carry around with us… and around us. It has become an armoured shell; a kind of exo-skeleton.

The race for the future has become a return to the past. Just another illustration of ironic reversal at the end of history.

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2 responses to “Domed Cities and the Troglodyte Mentality”

  1. Joachim Boaz says :

    Hmm, I understand this mentality — “these images have nothing to do with “the future”, but with the past” — but, would argue, at its core, at least in science fiction there is a tentative speculation about the actual nature of colonization of future planets, living in harsh environments. But of course, there is still a projected mentality informing our conceptions of these cities.

    • Scott Preston says :

      Hello Joachim Boaz: Yes, but also for much the same reason — a threatening environment, or perhaps only the sense of threat, in which case they can become constructs of projected anxiety. It’s all really a matter of the situation — on the Moon it makes sense, but not on the Earth unless we toxify the environment to such an extent that the situation then mandates it.

      I’ve even read some science fiction in which there are floating cities in the sky. But the premises for that were missing. In that case, they were pure symbolic forms of “ungroundedness” or rootlessness — images of homelessness, deracination or estrangement or, more likely, total abstraction. Could never figure out why “floating cities” were even necessary in the context of the story, but it provided a platform in which the hero or heroine attempts to escape the floating city and (like the Buddha perhaps) “touch the Earth”.

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