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.
Looking back at historic facts it was easy to see how little the newcomers had embraced the land’s spirituality.
The questions raised aren’t just a local culture matter but they made me think even more about which relationship should
modern man adopt with the place that generated himself, through the mystery of 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 to save himself
by giving a meaning to his own existence. Alternatively to mainstream contemporary culture, travelling and getting rid of our
social mask brings our mind closer to ancestral times, when man could only rely on his Unconscious to cope with phenomena.
Modern times and the 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?