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The Explorer Motto: “Don’t Fence Me In.”

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H I L E T H E I N N O C E N T E X P E C T S to be able to live in paradise, as a right or by virtue of a shift in consciousness, the Explorer goes out seeking a better world. The journey Explorers are experiencing is simultaneously inner and outer, because they are motivated by a deep desire to find what, in the outer world, fits with their inner needs, preferences, and hopes. The Explorer’s story is at the root of the success of the whole genre of travelogues (including immigrant narratives); fairy tales (such as Hansel and Gretel) in which the protagonist goes on a journey, gets entrapped in some way, and finally escapes; science fiction (about exploring the universe); coming-of-age stories; narratives about leaving marriages, jobs, or town; expatriate literature; literature about seeking the promised land; and all absurdist literature demonstrating human alienation. Great Explorer-brand literature includes Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, Ralph Ellison’s The Invisible Man, T. S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land,” and, of course, Homer’s The Odyssey. Famous Explorer-brand television series are “The Lone Ranger” and “Star Trek” (“To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before”). The old cowboy classic may be the Explorer anthem: “Give me 71

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