Bruce Chatwin On Travel
Having just been sent a copy of Bruce Chatwin's Photography Book Winding Paths, I was pleased to find this piece of text in the short but informative introduction.
… Instead, we should perhaps allow human nature an appetitive drive for movement in the widest sense. The act of journeying contributes towards a sense of physical and mental well being, while the monotony of prolonged settlement or regular work weaves patterns in the brain engender fatigue and a sense of personal inadequacy. Much of what the ethologists have designated 'aggression' is simply an angered response to the frustrations of confinement…
The tenacity with which nomads cling to their way of life, as well as their quick-witted alertness, reflects the satisfaction to be found in perpetual movement. As settlers, we walk off our frustrations. The medieval church instituted pilgrimage on foot as a cure for homicidal spleen.
Mans real home is not a house, but the road, and … life itself is a journey to be walked on foot.