So,I tell this to Nick:
That what we need to do is take a few of the mad politicians of our day, or a handful of the eco tourers, business investors and economic 'visionaries' who see 'wilderness' as a place to be used in some way or another...
Take them to the edge of this land that's not been touched very much.
Stand them there in their business suits and ask them.....
whispering...cos that's more intimate.....gently, softly like a feather in their ear.....
"Can you feel anything?"
Now, of course I don't know what they'd say or if they'd understand what's being asked....but I have to believe, that even if it's just for a moment, they will feel something.
'nothing'....even that would be something to work with.
Why do you feel 'nothing' when you're standing here on the edge of one of the last wild places left on earth??
"Cos it's just a bit of land...some trees, some bushes, some hills...
C'mon now, you're wasting my time!"
Ok then, just one more moment, please, if you can spare....
Take a tinsy step off this road that's separating you from it. Come on...a footstep into the wild...that's right then another then another...watch out for that plant there....try not to squash it...just a couple more steps please with me....
And now turn around....a full 360 circle.
Can you feel anything at all now?
He's trying to resist still but there's absolutely no point. He can't see the road anymore and is surrounded by trees...hardly space up above to see the blueness.
He has to feel something.
" I think we'd better get back"
"Cos we'll probably get lost...I can't see the road anymore..."
But how do you feel?
And is that a bit scary?
"Just a touch....a bit weird....
.......and it's making me be late for my meeting!."
Ok then lets go.
And he turns, but can't find his way back to the road....he wasn't watching where he went in the first place.
"Damn place needs a path!"
(Damn you need to look and be aware of where you are!)
How is it that you're feeing right now?
This wilderness place's got me lost....
And my boots are getting mud on them and I want to get out!"
Out you go then.
"But I don't know which way!!"
Well, why don't you just stop for a moment and have a think....just a simple thought...like... "Where am I?"
"You're fucking crazy girl! Can't you get me out of here? After all, you got me in here with your ridiculous feeling stuff!"
Nope. I can't get you out. I don't know which way to go. But don't worry you'll be ok. Just sit, and be here for a bit.
So, with no other options he has to sit in one spot ...on a mossy log which leaves a damp mark on the back of his pants when he eventually stands up.
"I think it's that way"
Great. Let's give it a go and see where it leads us.
And he was right.
He walks straight back to the road where his car is waiting to take him to his meeting in the city.
He gets in his car and drives away...
No 'good byes' or 'thank you's'.
Just a grumpy pissed off look on his face.
When he arrives back at his house in the evening, his good woman wife greets him and asks how his busy day was.
He tells her and she sits there with her eyes open wide.
He says he got lost...
and he felt insecure.
"It's crazy out there. Bloody wild land it is. A few meters in and you're lost. "
She asks how he found his way out of the place.....
"Well, I stopped for a bit.... sat down on a log..... then just got up and knew the way back..."
And she leaves it at that....
Gives him a kiss on the head and walks out the door.....
(continued next post...)