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Even though tourists appear to be physically present in Nature or Culture, in effect one might call them ghosts haunting ruins, lacking all bodily presence. They’re not really there, but rather move through a mind­-scape, an abstraction («Nature», «Culture»), collecting images rather than experience. All too frequently their vacations are taken in the midst of other peoples’ misery and even add to that misery.

Hakim Bey, Overcoming Tourism

 Hermetic quote Bey Overcoming Tourism tourists nature culture ghost haunting ruins mind scape abstraction collecting images rather than experience vacations add misery

‘I am not out of breath,’ I said between gasps. ‘I appear to be out of breath because you assume that I should be but in fact I have no breath to be out of. You see, although you imagine my form, I exist independently from it. Although I appear to be a postman, I am not a postman. I have taken a form that is appropriate for this meeting but I can take any form. My form is meaningful; it is symbolic of my nature. Like a postman, I am a messenger.

Mike Russell, Nothing Is Strange [Bookshop, Amazon]

Hermetic quote Russell Nothing is Strange form is meaningful symbolic of nature