I’m sat here, in the glorious sunshine and suddenly a thought comes to me. Why do we choose to settle, to create a settlement to live in for years and years? More to the point, why do we pay hundreds of thousands of pounds, even millions, to buy settlement, one exact location for our own purposes. It’s a bit of an abstract idea but one which has got me thinking.
Human civilisation has always had settlements for food, water, land wonder ship for cattle, and so on. But in modern periods, why did and do so many people buy one small area of settlement and live their for tens of years? I mean of course we all like to have a house, but why don’t we move more, explore more, do more. It’s a completely irrational idea of course, I realise that. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have value or a point.
The other day I walked past a house and looked straight through it, you could see through their front window straight through a a back window and into their garden. It suddenly made me realise how hollow houses are and what we actually buy. We settle and buy several thousands of terracotta bricks, stacked upon each other. We put floors and our bits and pieces in, but the very essence of a house and modern settlement, is a hollow stack of bricks and mortar. I find that almost remarkable really. We don’t settle in places of incredible beauty as much anymore, due to inconvenience, and we live in square rock boxes. We add sentiment of course, but because of this one point we never stray too far. We move here and there to other single box locations, but there very rarely seems much in the way of invention, discovery or something new.
We don’t seem to strive to live in a remote, yet beautiful landscape in a small but relatively un-important shack which simply serves a purpose to help keep us warm while we observe the worlds beauty and landscapes. Settlement almost gives us an excuse to not explore- “oh its to far away”, “bloody mortgages are hard to get”, “too much to move”. Why don’t we use these excuses as an excuse to go out and explore? Settle in hundreds of places globally, not just one static spot for a few years and then move to the next.
For me, it’s a minor epiphany which has really got me thinking. In one swipe it has taught me that I don’t want to be stuck in one brick box for ages. I want to explore, I don’t care what I settle in, I care where I go to discovery and explore. Settling gives us excuses, discovery gives us no end of possibilities and wonders.