A path is a prior interpretation
of the best way to traverse a landscape
to follow a route is to accept an interpretation
it's a form of spatial theater
The feet you see walk in a former swamp. Just a year ago, you could pick your own route and walk paths that were more, or less treaded. Today, your feet plug away through a sandy path that leads to fences and signs. Binary instructions. The grid lets your thoughts focus on the next episode. The end.
If still a swamp, you could not even have entered. A swamp is a view. But at least it's a view in which you can mark your own beginning, middle and end.
(Lines by Rebecca Solnit)