Structs and their meanings

Jess Fens (Substruct) and Micah Russell
October 2015

Permit me for a little while to explain the other ‘struct’s and their meanings. This is a secondary article to Superstruct and its mean-ing, so I will assume that you have understood the base ideas of that article. If you have not read it, I am sure you will feel somewhat left behind. There are nearly infinite ‘struct’s with their correspond-ing ideologies and their unique worlds, but as I have only mention-ed five to you, I will now explain the meaning of the remaining four. Superstruct, as we discussed, means to build an ideology above or superior to oneself as in the Medieval ages or the Romantic era. In those eras it was well-established that if the ideology necessitated your death, then your where executed for that purpose, literally ha-ving power over your very life. For the other ‘struct’s we will again apply the ideology in the position of the actor or first person of the verb, struct, and putting humanity as the direct object. 

In this way Substruct means that the ideology is built beneath hu-manity. Then what use is the ideology if it is inferior to humanity? While no one idea can make the man in such a society, the more ideas a man obtains, the greater the man’s self-worth. In this way those who obtain the most intelligence and discover new fields of science and industry are considered masters of their world. This type of society glorifies such intellects as Leonardo DaVinci, Albert Einstein, Galileo Galilei, or Sir Isaac Newton. Their respective eras — the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, etc. — are good examples of Substruct periods in Earth’s history. 

Construct on the other hand clearly defines the ideology as equal to and in tandem with humanity, literally meaning ‘to build with.’ But how can an ideology be equal to humanity if it is not defined by an integral discovery about humanity itself? In that way, the ideology claims to comprehend the needs and structure of humanity en-tirely and is integral to seeing to those very needs. In most cases, such a society is a red herring in that it only pretends to take care of the needs of individuals. Examples of ideologies that at one point had accomplished such symbiosis between man and idea are Fascism, Communism, and Capitalism. 

Destruct is a much more simple struct in that it claims no ideology can comprehend humanity. At the same time Destruct suggests humanity should throw off any ideology or structure of any kind. Such a society is more easily observed because it is a more recent struct for you. You are living in a Destruct world this very moment. You are skeptical of any and all ideologies except the ideology of no ideology, which ultimately will lead to your very literal destruc-tion. Yet you are mesmerized by this eventual death that you pre-enact it in apocalyptic movies, books, shows, podcasts, etc.

Verastruct is a more complex struct because it does not suggest the direct relationship between man and ideology. It proposes pos-itioning humanity after obtaining the ideology’s veracity, not before. Verastruct is like Destruct in that it rejects all false ideologies, like Substruct in that humanity is responsible for obtaining as much knowledge as possible, like Construct by positioning some ideolog-ies as equal to humanity, and like Superstruct by being sub-missive to truths considered greater than humanity.