Disregard of Journey Experience
Singapore is a fast-paced country, as time is precious to us, we tend to take the more time-efficient route. Hence, we might miss out on an experience within a journey path that was already available at the present moment but we are not utilizing it due to it being a longer route to get to where we want to. Sometimes we have switched onto our “auto walking” mechanism which also prevents us from noticing these routes.
There is always an experience throughout the walking journey when we go from one destination to another. But we are too accustomed to this mundane feeling that we do not even notice it. We have this auto mechanism that allows us to walk without even the thought of it.
My aim is to look into the journey that we take from home to work and back. To see if there could be an experiential intervention that can happen to invoke this sense of normality.
Martin Heidegger is seen as the key person in the ontology study. He has a few different beliefs on his understanding of human’s existence. He highlighted the importance of thinking as an existential being. Thinking is to imagine yourself walking within the forest. There is eventually find the exit in the woods and it will never be a linear path but there are always ups and downs. The method of thinking felt interesting as we were to keep questioning the questions until there are no more questions to be questioned. This is because questioning will lead to more clarity in the source of the problem. Or in this case, the source of normality. Dissecting the normality even though it seems like a mindless question or observation.
By Questioning, we will be able to think and question like Heidegger and we could find something out of the normality that already seems normal to us.
By understanding “Being”, the term used by Heidegger, we will be able to understand more about our existence in this world. There are many made-up words in the book “Being & Time” by Heidegger. 12 Words such as “Being-in-time”, “Being-present”, “There-being” all suggest the importance of understanding one’s existence.
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