Deprogramming the code
Why binary language should be only for computers
We live in a divided world formed by faced societies, in which individuals are in conflict even with themselves. Our thinking has led us to simplify the world, to structuring it and turning it synthetic. We’ve relied upon minimalistic definitions full of empty words and we’ve built concepts from dichotomic points of view. Curiously in a fight. Because far from seeing the opposites as complementary, as concepts that share the same essence, there is something that keeps us looking out for rivalry.
The thing is that, since a long time ago, we’ve related to this world through a binary language: true/false, good/bad, masculine/feminie… and there is a whole inequality system that hides behind these concepts. It is not by chance that these words are loaded with a hierarchic charge, nor that it is so difficult to understand their value. Dichotomous thinking finds its historical reasons based on very specific interests. It originates in the patriarchal society, it builds on colonial empires and States origin and it perpetuates in families and communities.
Disassembling binary thinking is confronting a profound deconstruction of the paradigm we live in. Starting from our own language, institutions, economic and social systems, and even the way we engage with other people. It’s all about compromising with oneself, dedicating the necessary time to each of our actions, learning to be self-sufficient and to take care of ourselves, breaking up with indifference and violence in all its forms – obvious and non-evident -, going one step beyond with other people and recognizing one’s position in society to make use of our privileges and share the same privileges with others.