“The Map is Not the Territory”

Trevien Stanger on learning within the place that finds you. Cultivate the relationship.

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The Polish-American scholar Alfred Korzybski once said that “the map is not the territory.”  We might know where we live by way of naming towns, counties, states, and countries, but that may be the extent of our knowledge:  abstract, temporary, and altogether second-hand.  We begin to mistake such maps for the real, lush, complex, altogether mysteriousness of the territory itself.
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Despite the over-abundance of information on which I do daily dine, (much of it banal and located entirely elsewhere), I find that I’ve grown up in a time of intense amnesia regarding the eco-mythic information of the ground that trembles beneath my feet and the waters that flow through my body and mind.
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I try to inquire: where are the…

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