Excursions into the Wild
This chapter examines instances of what Scott Slovic calls “going away to think” and how going away also implies a return, creating a continuous oscillation between being grounded and groundlessness. These samples reveal how becoming an errant body, even perhaps only intermittently, can provide the foundation for a compendium of innovative thoughts and new ways to be in relation with the world. In many cases, this has meant breaking from the world and sidestepping its limitations in order to reach a new frontier. A diverse juxtaposition will bring together disparate “excursions into the wild” by Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, Jean Baudrillard, and Hamish Fulton in order to demonstrate how being in retreat can be a method of engagement—how getting lost can lead to discovery.