Return to Home Page

June 10, 2013

Mobility is the first, prehistorical human condition

“Contemporary life is perhaps unprecedented in the scale, quantity and global organization of modern journeys, and yet it is clear that travel is not a new human experience. Mobility is the first, prehistorical human condition; sessility (attachment or fixation to one place), a later, historical condition. At the dawn of history, humans were migratory animals. Recorded history — the history of civilization — is a story of mobilities, migrations, settlements, of the adaptation of human groups to place and their integration into topography, the creation of “homes.” In order to understand our present, we must understand how mobility has operated historically, in the past, as a force of change, transforming personalities, social landscapes, human topographies, creating a global civilization.”
–Eric J. Leed, The Mind of the Traveler: From Gilgamesh to Global Tourism (1992)

Posted by | Comments (0) 
Category: Travel Quote of the Day

Leave a Reply

Main

Bio

Books

Stories

Essays

Video

Interviews

Events

Writers

Marco

Paris

Vagabonding.net

Contact


Vagabonding Audio Book at Audible.com

Marco Polo Didnt Go There
Rolf's new book!


Vagabonding
   Vagabonding

RECENT COMMENTS

Tye Rogerson: Que saudade

Jennifer Miller: You’re so right, Roger, that being open to the kindness and...

Roger: I have not faced nearly as much “danger” as Jennifer, by the sound of this post,...

Simon Valle: Interesting and thought-provoking post. I often found myself thinking...

Richard Silver: Very nice thought! It’s true that nowadays the world is changing...

JC: Couldn’t agree more… instead of worrying about facebooking or...

Roger: I love your attitude, Paul & Karen.

Stephen: A compelling argument for the importance of remembering to live in the moment...

katie houston: why don’t they sell their souls to God and get a bigger and better...

Anna Hall: Hi, I have recently found my mum’s journals from a couple of trips she...

SPONSORED BY :



CATEGORIES

TRAVEL LINKS

ARCHIVES

RECENT ENTRIES

The power of nostalgia for travel
Vagabonding Field Report: The Great Ocean Road
Are you afraid to travel?
William Least Heat-Moon on why we travel
An interview with Freelance Writer Joe Henley
Just go!
When adversity strikes, two things are under your control…
Why change is a beautiful thing and why you should travel right now
Vagabonding Case Study: Paul Farrugia & Karen Sargent
Considering a career break? The time is now: Meet. Plan. Go.


Subscribe to this blog's feed
Follow @rolfpotts