THE TRAVELER PIED À TERRE
A traveler, as defined by the anonymous author of the Odyssey, is a universal man or woman, who is in search of a purpose that gives a meaningful and transcendent meaning to his life
He is that “citizen of the world” who abandons the comfort of his home and his cultural references to venture to explore unknown lands, equipped with the purpose, the imperative and the emotion of understanding “the world in which he lives”.
In “The Spaceship Earth”, as the great German philosopher Buckminster Fuller would call his great book, he reminds us that, despite our differences in races, religions, latitudes, geographies and cultures, we live in a only planet – a blue jewel suspended in infinite space – which is in the end the house of all beings that exist.
THE NEW ULISES
The walker, like a new Ulysses sailing in search of Ithaca, the borders that fragment and sometimes hurt our world suddenly evaporate. On its way it takes a step towards the formation of an increasingly universal and tolerant conscience that makes us see that the differences it encounters are not a pernicious feature to produce confrontations of nations, religions, races or ideologies, but the raw material of diversity and the extraordinary beauty of our world. This is noticed and enriches the heritage, art and history, product of the evolution of civilization of which we are all his lucky heirs.
In this space, the traveler becomes an eternal pilgrim open to time, space and the experience of permanent amazement. An experience that produces the gift of the knowledge of the different; in the end, an emergent and luminous quality of intelligence that leads him to put the subjectivity of his vision and culture into a benevolent judgment; the limitation and value of their customs, of the questioning of the sometimes dogmatic truth of their ethics and aesthetics, of their values, all this in order to take a step forward to their worldview, which in their travel and learning journey will take them to the construction of a universal spirit that nourishes and empowers it, and that as anticipated by the mandate inscribed in the ancient door of Delphi, to the possibility of the beginning of true knowledge of itself.
The traveler, in that epiphanic moment, unknowingly connects to the most powerful and preclear energy of existence, located between the inner microcosm of his consciousness and the unappealable space of the infinite universe that surrounds him.
MAKE OUR HOUSE WORLDWIDE
And it is the product of this reflection on our world, that our hospitality project Pied à Terre was born as a global initiative, which, although it focuses its experience on art and the task of caring for travelers, designed for those who, like the pilgrims of yesteryear, today identify themselves in their trips, no matter the nature of these, with the spirit of the permanent search for a meaning and purpose for their life.
It is the world, both complex and exciting of this 21st century, that lives and faces a new stage and challenge of the history of humanity, where new generations, as never before, with this spirit have the opportunity to travel, know and appreciate the richness of all the latitudes of the earth.
In this imaginary, the soul of the traveler, however, his identity, is recognized in a mirror of his universal spirit with the foreigner, who as a global host opens the door to the opportunity to make the world his home.
That is why the symbol of the shell of the Camino de Santiago that identifies our company, reminds us of that ancestral path traveled by pilgrims from all corners of the earth, who under the protection of the vocation and spirit of hospitality offered to the hosts of that route, like a cosmic compass, sought, under the firmament and the Milky Way, the gift of meaning and the destiny of their life, which was finally revealed to them when they glimpsed that at the end of the earth (Finisterra) the torrent of The stars that guided them sank into the infinite horizon of the ocean. The Pied à Terre spirit of the 21st century world we live in, is inspired by this story.