impossible, but!-somebody else already has!-and has written a book
about it! The local branch library or even a well-stocked bookshelf
consists of hundreds, thousands of lifetimes. Yes. Books are swell.
Yet, books are not a panacea to our cravings for experience. If our
only bodily sense was vision, and more specifically, the ability to see,
recognize, and interpret small black typed characters on white paper, then
books would serve as our only, and greatest, source of sensation.
Unfortunately, we have much more than that one sense: general
observation, hearing, smelling, touching, tasting, internal thought, etc.
Reading can't satiate each of our desires. Nor can any particular medium.
We must be involved! Ah, the romanticized road-trip, the
idealistic hike to the top of a mountain, a coffee-shop conversation till
early hours of the morn'. These are what we crave, what we hunger for.
Like virtual reality, an absolute immersion into a world, 360o of it, only...
actuality. Like a sparkling brook, we ache to drink it all in, to slather our
body with its freshness, to feel it. Is it not what educators have been
saying decades? To learn, we must use our hands and our ears and our
muscles. Activity vs. passivity. Synergies must be attained, such that we
may be completely absorbed.
Traveling is the Way. It is the Go, the Do, the Tao. Let us hearken
back to our nomadic ancestors, those families who proceeded not
temporally, but spatially. We do not sense time (except thyme); we sense
space. It is through all space(s) that we must envelop ourselves.
What is it about "On the Road" that seems so special? Freedom.
Variety. Experience. Stimulation. Invigoration. I'm not sure. I certainly
cherish Going and Coming. Not to stay away too long, for Staying is what
Going and Coming go from and come to, but just long enough. Being
away has some seemingly mystical quality; for all the newness and at
times overwhelming nature of a journey or trek, the vacation most often
realizes its name - vacate, an evacuation of all the static worries and
thoughts in one's head, leaving room only for dynamic ones. Dynamic
Interactive Experiences. Delicious.