The hallmarks of a typical bunker are that 1) you dig it yourself 2) it alters your worldview – in essence it buries it, literally.
So while I was at the park the other day noticing all the kids and adults alike with heads buried in their tablets and phones, it occurred to me that these are the modern day bunkers.
Purchased by choice, it allows one to dive into one’s own self constructed world. After all you pick your apps, your friends, your wallpaper – everything. It is a perfectly insular world in which if someone says something critical either about you personally or about an issue upon which you have an opinion – you can ban them from your sight – never to see or hear a word of dissent again.
You don’t see anything you don’t wish to see. To actually encounter “the enemy” you would have to lift your eyes above the bunker and seek them out. If, presumably, they are in a bunker too across the way – you would have to make an even grander effort by actually crawling out of the comfort of the womb into the unknown and trudge across the field by yourself to find them. Alone, because more than likely you are the only person who has made the effort to abandon the bunker.
You would likely encounter opinions and languages unfamiliar to you. It would be an endless challenge with many rocky roads over previously unchartered territory. Yet you and you alone have the ability to forge your own path. When more and more people connect in a real, rather than artificial environment outside the bunker there may be peace, there may be war – but above all else it is pure, authentic, reality.