I have been looking at country roads on Google Maps this evening. It's something I do when I feel like going for a drive but can't be bothered getting off the chair :)
Here's a map of the deliciously-named Serpentine in country Victoria. The church there is for sale, and I don't know about you but I've always felt it was in my future to live in a place that has its own belltower. However, the space here feels a little crowded to me. If I was living in the country, I'd prefer to live a few k's up the road a bit - here, say - in the middle of nowhere. I wouldn't feel alone.
Of course, none of us are alone now we have the internet. But even if there was a calamitous calamity and the internet broke, and I lived out here on this road with nothing around but trees and roos, I would not feel alone.
I would feel lonely sometimes, of course. But lonely is in the middle of a crowded room just as much as it's felt in a paddock with nobody in screaming distance. Lonely is a part of the human condition. But I"m not so sure alone has to be.
And I wouldn't feel it here. I would feel close. To that whatever that makes sense of life for me, to that numinous connected-to-everyone thing. To my Self. And to the Land. For me, being in the middle of seemingly nowhere makes everything feel Important and Big, like it Needs a Capital Letter, as if I have Suddenly Become German.
Space to rest my eyes. Space and room to feel how inhabited the land is when there is not so much to distract it.