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In this tenth chapter of my bigger project about landscape studies, I visited United States’s West. Seeking as usual a connection with the land, I found a clashing difference between the majesty and spirituality of the sceneries and the values of contemporary society.
The questions raised are about which relationship should modern man have with the place that generated him, through the mystery of the origin of Life and the still-blank page that the understanding of the Cosmos is, in order not just to address environmental problems but ultimately give a meaning to his own existence.
Alternatively to mainstream contemporary culture, traveling alone and getting rid of our social mask brings the mind closer to ancestral times, when man could only rely on his Unconscious to cope with phenomena. Modern times and scientific method now overshadowed a time when myths and spiritual insight were leading.
What is the result of this condition? Knowledge or alienation from the Self? Are modern society comforts and its new values tearing us away from our bond with Nature and the understanding of life cycles? How valuable are then all inner-referring society cultural structures if they are just held together by values oblivious of their origin?