I really like this quote broadcasted to me via Twitter this morning:
Cartography can be an incredible form of escapism, as maps act as proxies for experiences, real or fabricated. Whatever their purpose or subject matter, even the most rudimentary of maps have an inherent beauty, an attraction in their way of ordering things.
Antonis Antoniou – from brain pickings
Antoniou is likely referring to the imaginative process of illustration and expressing the culture and experiences of different locations on a map, but I took it in a different direction:
@brainpicker kind of like when I Google Street View the streets of Tokyo and take a virtual stroll? :)
— Rob Brogan (@Robrogan) March 7, 2013
I will always fancy the distant. Perhaps the most challenging is cultivating an appreciation for what’s near.