“The desert is a natural extension of the inner silence of the body.”
I admit it: I have not read Jean Baudrillard. According to Wikipedia, he wrote about “hyperreality” – the inability to distinguish between virtual and actual reality because they are seamlessly connected through technology. With that background, I found his words about the desert as a natural extension of the inner silence of our bodies all the more interesting.
The desert is probably one place where we can experience reality in its purest form. People say “there’s nothing out there” and that’s not true of course – it is rich in shapes, forms, and life, if you just open yourself up to it. The desert’s hostility to us humans, as an environment to live in, is what kept it so real and so pure. Perhaps that is another reason why we seek out this place – to find something there that we didn’t know we were looking for, and re-connect to our inner silence.