They have cradled you in custom
They have primed you with their preaching
They have soaked you in convention through and through
They have put you in a showcase!'
When Robert Service wrote these words in the early years of the twentieth century, he tersely summed up that wild longing to break out, to leave the well-worn track, that tugs like the wind at the zipped-up tent flaps of human existence. Here in the twenty-first century world, in the West, we live so comfortably, eat so well, absorb ourselves in work and leisure, and yet, and yet and yet… Is this all there is?