Thursday, October 27, 2011
What's Travel Lit Really About?
Back to my point. I'm almost sure I had one. Oh yes, the road to hell, Asia, Africa, and Latin America is paved with good intentions. Yet, during rainy season, this clearly isn't enough. Still, folks often travel for the journey and what it means to them, rather than the destination and what they plan on doing for or to someone else. Today, we say people are on a crusade when it seems their zeal for a quest stems from its enhanced personal significance.
Consider the film The Eagle of the Ninth. Celtic lands and ancient culture are not surveyed in detail. Yet, bleak windy ridges and damp mossy ravines almost seem to justify harsh lawless decision-making that could never be explained to olive-oil-annointed senators back in a Roman garden. Physical terrain partly defines moral terrain.
That's why most guys can enjoy this silly BROmance and overlook much of the nonsense. We truly need to find the holy grail of manhood - to hell with the details. If we can't find ourselves at home in the metrosexual present, we'll trek to the end of the earth in a fictionalized past. Travel is partly about the destination, even more about the journey, but mostly about the migration and transformation of the soul.