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The South is important because it's the most distinctive region of the United States. The "region" is the conceptual buffer between the "central" and the "local." We don't want to lose the region any more than a nation would want to lose a friendly country that sits between it and an enemy. Unfortunately, the regions are collapsing under the weight of our left-hemispheric need for relocation.

Anti-Localism is Left-Hemispheric: Passages from McGilchrist that Bear This Out
Like many “Briefly” posts, this is a work-in-process The left hemisphere prefers the impersonal to the personal, and that tendency would in any case be instantiated in the fabric of a technologically driven and bureaucratically administered society. The impersonal would come to replace the personal…