“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” So said Anatole France, a French poet, journalist and novelist whose literary career spanned more than 50 years from the mid 19th century through to the 1920s.
I think sometimes about these words. I don’t know if I believe mankind ever had any particular harmony with the universe. I think it’s more likely that our world and the existence of mankind upon it is such a tiny and insignificant thing to the universe, that the universe only barely registers what we are doing down here on earth.
But perhaps his words are more about the natural propensity of mankind to move and to explore? Perhaps the wanderlust that compels so many of us to travel comes from an instinct deep within us, something that is part of being human, part of what we bring to the universe? I’m not really sure, but those are the thoughts this little quote inspires in me.
What does it say to you?
I know I keep using photos from Japan, but I find it’s a country that really inspires my photography.
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