Travelling six months with my family in a van through three continents
A dream revealed the message of our odyssey
After 30,000 km and with 3000 to go, somewhere in Turkey’s Anatolia, two dreams crossed my mind while sleeping deeply. The first dream told me that all the books of philosophy and history I had been studying including my own introduction into systematic philosophy entitled Analyze Decondition, were written on a chair. It didn’t matter that the books opposed each other’s content or even contradicted each other. What they had in common, was the chair on which they were written, because the minds of the authors were formed by a sedentary culture. I am using the words nomadic and sedentary not in their original meaning as a literal description of nomads versus peasants and urban settlers. I use them as a metaphor for opposite patterns of thinking that are alien to each other in their mind-mapping of space and time. The difference I discovered between nomadic and sedentary is that the nomadic mind projects and experiences its environment as a continuum of spaces, in which the here-and-now is all there is. It is a culture of being. The sedentary mind orients itself primarily on its past and future. It tries to control its environment. Time is of the essence. It is a culture of ordering, categorizing, generalizing (as I am doing in this description), planning the future as the art of designing your destiny.