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The New World

December 5, 2012

Readers Note: This post is the first of The New World–a thematic series of writings and reflections on exploration. Travel light….

未知. wèizhī. unknown.

“If life is a circle, than your goal is to keep expanding this circle, making it bigger. But in order to expand this circle, you must first know what is inside.” – a mommy’ism

Yugong Yishan is the title of an ancient Chinese fable about a man whose perseverance allowed him to move a mountain.

Yugong Yishan is the title of an ancient Chinese fable about a man whose perseverance allowed him to move a mountain.

Why does one travel? What is it that beckons a soul into the unknown, unexplored regions of the world. Today, exploratory travel is not as it was in the past. Due primarily to the relentless tides of human progress our lives are saturated with interconnections–with other people, spaces, and time. Simply put, there are less and less spaces, places and faces in the world where ‘no man has been before’. Our understanding of pure exploration is no where near what our rugged forefathers embraced it as.

Now, I am by no means an explorer. Although I like to consider myself as one, I am not, and never will be. I have, however, had several journeys along the way, and one where I can truly claim to be the only white man to ever step foot.  Although I have been far from the physical place we refer to as home, it is home that often drives me outward unto this beautiful creation we call life.

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