If a person lost would conclude that after all he is not lost, he is not beside himself, but standing in his own old shoes on the very spot where he is, and for the time being he will live there; but the places that have known him, they are lost –how much anxiety and danger would vanish. I am not alone if I stand by myself. Who knows where in space this globe is rolling? Yet we will not give ourselves up for lost, let it go where it will.
–Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. From: A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, 1849