David Abram in The Spell of the Sensuous, asks the following question:
“How, that is, have we become so deaf and blind to the vital existence of other species, and to the animate landscapes they inhabit, that we now so casually bring about their destruction?” (1996, p. 27).
 It is from this place of wondering that I approach this thesis. Abram speaks of the “habits and linguistic prejudices that now structure our very thinking” (1996, p. 28). I humbly see that if I am immersed in Western civilization then I have also been affected by these habits and linguistic prejudices. I see the necessity to examine my thinking. Abram says we must go to the “edge of that civilization, like a magician, or like a person who, having lived among another tribe, can no longer wholly return to his own” (1996, p. 28). A perceptual shift is necessary.
I packed up my U-Haul and sojourned 1425 kilometers north to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life and began my journey to the edge.
“A ship is safe in harbour but that's not what a ship is for” (Coyne, 2001, p.170).