"...that folk may view what admonishing chances befell other folk And may therefrom take warning..." i
A Scottish boy who grew up with the cowboy movies of Hollywood finally has a chance to travel through America and see the Wild West for himself. As he gazes at the bare rocks he realises he has no connection with that land whatsoever. It was only a dream and make-believe.
An English woman who grew up in Belgium finds a home in East Anglia. When she watches a television program about Belgium she realises with a shock that she didn't end up in East Anglia by accident. The flatness, the enormous sky, the land- and seascape that drew her to East Anglia are almost identical to the ones she loved as a child living in Belgium.
A German woman moves to South England and finds a land that hasn't changed much over the years. Her own homeland has changed so much since she was little that she hardly recognises it anymore. But this foreign land reminds her of how her homeland used to be and look. So much so that it feels like a homecoming. It feels good - very good. She feels happy and safe. She feels at home.
It is a great source of sadness if there is no connection with the land - a sadness too easily overlooked by many, especially developers, runaways and refugees.
Long is the night to the sleepless.
Long is the mile to the tired.
Long is life to the foolish
Who know not Truths. Guatuma Buddha
From the Introduction to the Arabian Tales 'A Thousand Nights and a Night'
A beautiful well-known poem about a Traveller by Walter de la Mare Read >>
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step
Lao Tzu (Chinese philosopher)
Food for Thought
We visit other cities to get a taste of its local culture,
see its old buildings and walk in a different world.
Why is it then that we continue
to build universal, glass and steel constructions
once we are back home?