Recently we were staying with a load of mates in a big house in another part of the country.
I was out running with no particular goal. Just finding my way down small roads and it stuck me forcefully as I jogged - us humans - we need the backwaters and the lanes.
I'm not even sure I know exactly what I mean. Just that we humans need real and virtual places out of view, off the beaten track, where its safe to think, love, fight - whatever. Out of the view of public scrutiny and debate. Somewhere to foster ideas - somewhere our ego can take a backseat.