Walking focuses not on the boundary lines of ownership that break the land into pieces but on the paths that function as a kind of circulatory system connecting the whole organism. Walking is, in this way, the antithesis of owning. It postulates mobility, empty-handed, shareable experience of the land. Nomads have often been disturbing to… Read More Solnit, Rebecca “Wanderlust” (Penguin 2000)
Worry is a way to pretend that you have to knowledge or control over what you don’t–and it surprises me, even in myself, how much we prefer ugly scenarios to the pure unknown. Perhaps fantasy is what you fill up maps with rather than saying that they contain the unknown (165).
But the terra incognita spaces on maps say that knowledge also is an island surrounded by oceans of the unknown. They signify that the cartographers knew they did not know, and awareness of ignorance is not just ignorance, its awareness of knowledge’s limits (163).
We tend to consider the foundations of our culture to be natural, but every foundation had builders and an origin–which is to say that it was a creative construction, not a biological inevitability. Just as a twelfth-century cultural revolution ushered in romantic love as first a literary subject and then a way of experiencing the… Read More Solnit, Rebecca “Wanderlust” (Penguin 2000)