The best reason for being a nomad is not the fresh air but the escape from the rationalist theory of society based on the rationalist interpretation of history, since the rationalist approach to either is a blithely idealistic flight from human intuition. A nineteenth-century philosopher could afford it. You can’t. If one can’t become a nomad physically, one should at least become one mentally. You can’t save your skin, but you can try for your mind.
Profile of Clio, Joseph Brodsky
On Grief and Reason: Essays