That Only A Fool Would Travel

The Road Less Traveled

The Road Less Traveled

Yokohl Valley Dr, SPRINGVILLE, CA

The Experience of the Mind: “The roads are closed to the Sequoias here. If you turn back and head up through Exeter, then to the National Park, you can see them there,” the young ranger said.

“What about this route?” I asked.

“That’s a lot longer. Pretty, but long and winding and narrow. I’d go the other way.”

The Experience of the Mystic: “I come seeking trees of fabled girth and enormous height,” I said to a young and beautiful ranger in a park of the Sequoias.

“Turn back,” she said, “Turn back, then North, for the giants you seek slumber here ’till summer, when the roads become clear of the frost and the ice and the snow of long winters. Turn back,” she said, “Turn back then North, for that is the route to find your fabled creatures of yore.”

“That route,” I said, “lies though the land of Men and Mind—of rules and convention, of chaos and confusion. I am a lover of Beauty and Peace, of Stillness and Solitude. The ways of Men and Mind are not my ways. What of this road here?” I touched my finger to the map lain between us.

“Nay,” she said, “Only fools follow that route. Back and North I say, for the route of Men and Mind lies straight and level, while the road you ponder winds left and right and up and down. It is twice as long and takes thrice the time. It is a dangerous path and only for fools. Turn back and North I say. Be smart, be rational—take the road of Men and Mind.”

“The ways of Men and Mind are not my way, I’ve traveled that route before. Yea, I am a fool for I seek the rare and the simple—my eyes yearn for Beauty, my heart for the Pure, and my Soul for the True. Am I to find these in the Land of Men and Mind?”

“A seeker you say? A fool indeed! But the treasures you seek lie not on the road of Men and Mind, nor with the straight or the level. No, foolish man, you’re correct this once, for that which you seek lies yonder. Take the road both winding and long. Take that road both treacherous and steep. For that which is Beautiful and Pure and True is not of the Mind or the Rational. Nay, that which you seek is to be found through the Heart, on the roads that only a fool would travel.”

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3 thoughts on “That Only A Fool Would Travel

  1. Majestic landscapes abound o’ wayward traveler.

    A world become one
    Of salads and sun
    Only a fool would say that
    A boy with a plan
    A natural man
    Wearing a white stetson hat
    Unhand that gun begone
    There’s no one to fire upon
    If he’s holding it high
    He’s telling a lie

    I heard it was you
    Talkin’ ’bout a world
    Where all is free
    It just couldn’t be
    And only a fool would say that…

    – Steely Dan

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