14 April 2018

Somehow this is all because of an anonymous sushi bar in Osaka, Japan.

Five years ago this month—this week, actually—I found myself in Osaka; a city that, to this day, remains one of my favorites in the world. Wayward and looking for something in a more residential part of the city known for its food, I stumbled in to a small building marked only by a black flag with a gold illustration painted on it. The room was tiny, with maybe six tables and four seats at the sushi bar.

Nobody there—the waiter, the chef or any of the few patrons—spoke any English. I was sitting at the bar when the chef said Sit, and after some gestures and repeating, I realized he said Set. As in, Let me prepare you a set of sushi. And there I sat, sipping sake, being presented with a 13-course, one-piece-at-a-time meal of his discretion and creation.

To this day it’s the best sushi I’ve had. It was more than just the perfect fish and well-crafted menu, but that throughout the experience we were able to communicate with forms of expression other than words. The human experience of art and culture completely pushing away the world at large and all the language barriers to express, to some microcosmic extent, exactly what it is we’re all doing here.

The Post-Local was created with experiences like this in mind. At a global level, humankind is experiencing shifts in language, social structure and overall awareness of ourselves down to an individual level. Yet existing institutions, many of which are outdated or inefficient, are working to maintain power. These movements of systems against the upheaval of their relevance have created a global social climate of unease and dismay.

I want nothing to do with that here. I have a website already to write about these battles. This one is for something different, something more abstract.

There are personal experiences and social interactions that can transcend the nature of our immediate conflict to represent the essence of our communal desire as living beings just working to survive. A few individuals among billions can create turmoil that, utilizing our now hyper-connected nature, can destroy the harmony we naturally try and build.

I’m not sure how exactly The Post-Local will try and present content to represent the more idealistic aspects of our nature, because American media is so nestled in negativity that most dialogue attempting to rise above that bleak cloud of poison is disregarded as either self-congratulatory or socially untenable. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. I’ve invited a few other minds to collaborate with me on this project, with a relatively open-ended concept for publishing ideas. We’ll see how it goes; thank you for visiting.