Markets often persuade us that we don’t have enough. Communities remind us that we do.*
The only true voyage would be not to travel through a hundred different lands with the same pair of eyes, but to see the same land through a hundred different pairs of eyes.**
Oftentimes, we find ourselves at odds with each other, and, in the West at least, it only looks like this societal shift will increase.
What we need are travellers:
We should not seek to overcome one another but discover through each other; Jan Steward puts what we are missing simply:
We are each other’s sources.^
James Carse outlines the quality of this travel:
Genuine travel has no destination. Travellers do no go somewhere, but constantly discover they are somewhere else … It is not distance that makes travel possible, but travel makes distance possible.^^
This aligns with the need to open our minds, open our hearts, and open our wills.
To help us on our way, I’ll leave it to Carse to bless our endeavours:
look everywhere for difference … see the earth as source … celebrate the genius in others … [be] not prepared against but for surprise^^.
*From Seth Godin’s blog: All the stuff;
Marcel Proust, quoted in James Carse’s Finite and Infinite Games;
^Jan Steward, from Corita Kent and Jan Steward’s Learning by Heart;
^^From James Carse’s Finite and Infinite Games.