It’s a brand new day….


An open horizon across a Mongolian lake, containing the promise of movement, change, and a brand new day…

The horizon on those great rolling grasslands is always wide open, beckoning new camp sites, travelling routes for camels, horse, people….

and vehicles like this converted Russian truck known as the ‘gaz’. In Mongolia, the horizon is as limitless as the grasslands….

Nomadic peoples and agricultural, settled peoples, have a different view of the world. Nomadic peoples connection with nature is immediate, raw, and intimate. The Mongolian god is the Eternal Blue Sky.

In contrast, settled peoples try to “tame” nature. Nature is  seen as something to be controlled, to be ordered according to human desires. In modern day China, this manifests as high rise buildings everywhere…. its not so much as not being able to see the forest for the trees, but more a case of not being able to see the sky for the skyscrapers.

The visual, tactile, and sensory impact of lack of nature can cause illness and disease. Richard Louv in his book “Last Child in the Woods” first coined the term “nature deficit disorder” – and it’s a chronic condition in contemporary China. Striving to find a spot of blue sky impedes the connection with nature. “Civilization” becomes paramount and nature deficit disorder arises. Without an unobstructed view of open space and clear skies, the spirit feels contained, squashed, pressed in.

When there’s nothing outside by rolling grasslands, and a great long wall is built….

Are you trying to keep marauding horsemen out? Or keep your gentry inside?

Or is the concept of a ‘great wall’ at all, just latter-day scholars vain-glory?Author Arthur Waldron describes the Great Wall as “a fascinating vision” based on “fundamental misunderstandings”.  The Great Wall of China has many myths surrounding it.Never one long wall, but a series of city walls and ruling state frontier boundaries, it was not until the Ming dynasty ( 1600s -after the Mongol-ruled Yuan dynasty) that serious wall-building began.

Nomadic peoples and agricultural, settled peoples weren’t always at war – the border Walls often as not functioned as places of trade, with seasonal markets lining the edges of the frontier walls.

Qin Shi Huang, China’s “first emperor” back in 200 BC, is said by the history books to have “built the Great Wall. If that is so, questions Waldron, why then is there little mention of it in historical records left from the succeeding dynasties? Records exist, but not necessarily for one long wall, but a series of walls built by city-states to protect their regional territory. Marco Polo, apparently, did not mention a ‘great wall’ either…

Is a clear horizon necessary for human being’s mental and emotional health?

Or is freedom really just  another word for nothing left to lose….

Author: Debbie

immersed in the ancient culture of china, and its constantly changing facades.... a traveller through time and space landing in suzhou of the 21st century.... australian by birth, traveller by nature, mother of a beautiful ten-year-old

16 thoughts on “It’s a brand new day….”

  1. This post just sparked the history lessons I had in high school and fascination with Mongolia. I long to visit Mongolia since I heard of Genghis Khan, experience life living in a Yurt, watch the nomads in a horse race. I can relate to the disorder of not having enough light. And vertical dwelling seems to be the norm nowadays. So Russia left their vehicles there as well, eh? Love that wide expanse of sky.

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    1. Hi Pilgrim, in that case, you MUST go! Chinghis ( Genghsi) Khan is revered in Mongolia for being the great unifier of the clans. living in a ger ( yurt is the russian word) is totally amazing. yes the russians destroyed a lot of culture and left their trucks there. sturdy vehicles, this one had been converted into a campervan with mongolian trimmings.
      So plan on a visit – you will remember it all your life and wont regret it!

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  2. Wonderful post! I would choose the rolling grasslands – that is where my wandering soul would take me. It would be such an amazing experience to travel through this land in a gaz. I would avoid the cities. Thinking about the wall and the proposed wall on the US-Mexican border, make me think about how many years, man power, money, and destruction of land not to mention divide in people result in such endeavor. Then how many decades it takes civilization to break the purpose of the wall in the minds of the populace and return to loving our beautiful earth. The disconnect with nature is occurring all over the world and it saddens my heart. One day maybe I will visit the grasslands in Mongolian and meet with the nomadic people who travel these lands. Mongolia Lake is breathtaking! Love and Light

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    1. thank you so much for dropping by and leaving a comment, Dragonfly Spirit! I hope you do get to Mongolia one day – it is completely different from anywhere else you will ever go, and the memory of the grasslands stays with me…. enriching in its wildness….
      The Lake – OMG even getting there was a whole other story, but spectacularly … spectacular! theres only one real city in Mongolia and that s the capital, Ulaanbattar, and even that is more like an ecampment in the grasslands…. and walls do stay in the hearts and minds of the people long after the physcial structure is gone – you only have to look at germany to evidence that…..

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  3. Tell me that’s not the OPPO here? Photos are gorgeous. Love the first one. And now I realize I have another issue: NDD. I always imagined I had ADD, but now…for sure it’s NDD. Interesting, about the Great Wall(s). reality is seldom what we see, eh…


    1. how did i overlook replying to a badfish comment?? well … um.. no it was one of those really old fashioned things, called a camera. do you by any chance remember those things? Whats NDD?
      What’s reality? ( oh yeah…. 42)…. 🙂


      1. hmmmm…NDD…who knows what I was talking about?
        Camera–one of those clunky things with heavy lens up front.
        I think there may be a new answer: 43 with a wall around it.


      2. hey, Baddie, i think I’ll skip the wall, thanks. and 43.
        why fix it if it aint broke? besides, there’s a two-headed cosmic traveller out there somewhere
        who might take offence if you mess with his numbers.
        ( im sure you get the joke, but for others less well read than our fishy friend, this is
        referring to Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy where the meaning of life the universe and everything
        was found to be 42, and the main character had two heads. not confusing at all. very good fun.)


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