Nothing is more abandoned than the desert. Yet, there is nothing more stimulating than letting the imagination fill in the empty space.
The blank page work the same way. We fill it in with fiction and truth, recasting observations and thoughts about our surroundings.
Curiosity is the best book. As more land becomes visible, we realize how much more hides away in the distance. It's vital to get outside the bubble that is our screen-obsessed culture. We've let entertainment replace reading and thinking. We've outsourced our memory to social media. Society is becoming plastic.
Jettison the map. It is arbitrary, anyway. As the Polish-American scientist Alfred Korzybski once said, “the map is not the territory.”
We shall explore the world as a desert, as William Atkins writes “a library whose shelves have never been occupied.” The cost of distance is nothing compared to the rich expansion of the mind's eye.