The Monument to the Discoveries

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Lisbon, Portugal – November 2011

What propelled these men to set off on a journey beyond the known world? Most of their expressions are stoic, but a couple of these faces in stone are contorted by angst. These individuals were lured not by greed or pride or nationalism, but by an obsession that went beyond mere curiosity.

In this age of satellite maps, we now know what lies beyond the horizon. And yet some of us continue to voyage as a means of discovery. We are driven by that same disquiet. The sole uncharted territory is that of the psyche. It takes courage to venture into one’s own mysterious land. There is still a risk of falling off the edge.

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18 thoughts on “The Monument to the Discoveries

  1. Well said – and timely! As we enter 2013, let us continue to explore, to challenge, to embrace. Most of all, to be open to all possibilities. Thank you for another excellent post!!

    • Oh, it WAS directed at you. Bwahahahahaha!
      (just kidding) Just trying to help you start out your new year extra paranoid…
      Happy 2013 to you, too, Bryan!

  2. Excellent Post-and I love the picture of the monument-one of my favorite periods of history is the Age of Exploration-what an amazing time and what amazing individuals, though I am sure those who sailed with them were not always of the same mind 😉

  3. Hi, I loved to see Padrão das Descobertas in your blog. Yes, I’m portuguese! 🙂 Lisbon is an amazing city, small, but with history (said to be founded by Ulisses, yes that old). I hope that portuguese man did not annoy you to much, it’s mostly show off! :)) I like to think that we are a friedly people. Hope you come here again!

    • Hi Joao – I’d love to go to Portugal again and visit more of the country. Except for a few old men, the people were were very friendly. Cheers! 🙂

  4. Wonderful post… A very interesting reading dear Julie!!!!… Also, great pics ….💫✨🌟 happy weekend …. best wishes. Aquileana 😀

  5. Indeed, falling off that edge is scary. This was just beautiful – wish I had another word right now to use, but with the photos, words, and message, it’s just how I feel about it. Thank you 🙂

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