As the years go by, I think that atlases are becoming more and more irrelevant. Civilisation has played its part in creating and building its very own entities that can largely be compared to countries of the world in the 21st century!
First on the list is definitely the famous or infamous for some, ‘Facebook’! Did you know that research has it that if Facebook was an actual country, it would be the third most highly populated in the whole world with startlingly more than 500 million citizens as of July 2010, and the numbers are growing insane by the day!
This website has broken a world record and has definitely earned itself the honor of being called the world’s 2nd largest technological nation, of course after the great and mighty Microsoft!
Now, I bet you will all agree with me that this thing called ‘Fashion’ has become a whole new world of its own! I mean, it has a set of laws and regulations (we have “fashion do’s and don’ts), a police department, (responsible for arresting and fining the rule breakers like Lady Gaga), fashion designers have created fashion lines for literally every sector, practically, every living and non-living thing i.e. the kind of entertainment, the kind of; cars, accessories, phones, furniture, kitchen hardware, house paint colors, even the irrelevant things like spectacles or underwear! Nowadays, everything is based on style and fashion. This is simply what the world has become!
Sometimes, I think it must be funny and really confusing for my lovely grandma who probably wonders how the lifestyle she had been accustomed to could have changed so drastically.
And because she lives in the city, she has to face this ‘kavuyo’ of changes that civilisation has brought all around her and she simply must accept and adapt. I came to believe that she has done a really great job in accepting and adapting when I one time escorted her to the hospital.
A doctor had referred to her as ‘mukecuru’ meaning ‘old lady’, and that was not her idea of respect; she strongly stressing to him that she is still a strong young lady and he should recognize that! I proudly thought to myself, ‘That’s my city-girl grandma!’
I am sure if you observe more closely, you’ll find out about many more ‘nations’ apart from Facebook and Fashion that emerged from civilisation and you will be amazed! But like I mentioned, this is simply what the world has become!
Now, you must adapt and ask yourself ‘so then, what have I become and of what value or significance is it to the world around me? If Facebook or Fashion is a nation, what am I? ’
Johann Lavater said “What do I owe to my times, to my country, to my friends? Such are the questions a virtuous man ought to ask himself.”