The only true voyage of discovery

The only true voyage of discovery, the only fountain of Eternal Youth, would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to behold the universe through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to behold the hundred universes that each of them beholds, that each of them is. – Marcel Proust, The Captive.

In our fast, bright and shiny society, we are encouraged to seek out the next best thing, and constantly strive to experience the new. Perhaps our greatest challenge lies not with seeking the new, but re-examining the familiar? Perhaps we would be better served by stopping to consider anew that which surrounds us that we possibly take for granted – that which maybe, just maybe in our frenetic lifestyle we pass over all to quickly as we seek out the next best thing. Do others see what we see? If you stopped and looked at what surrounds you today, would you discover something new amidst that which you know so well?

image credit: Librairie du Voyage – Rennes.

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