To become an alter-nomad is to become a thinker and a maker, rather than a bystander. The mission is to participate in the realization of a better world:
The intellectual nomad attempts to escape the codes (of the highway), the conditioning (at a socio-psychological level) and simplistic, locking definitions. But he doesn’t pretend to escape every conditioning. On the contrary, he seeks the best conditions, the best conditioning possible (breathing space, focus space, etc.). He works on himself, never losing sight of both his animal and natural basis.
- Le local et le global dans l’oeuvre de Kenneth White, Pierre Jamet
To change the world, one must incarnate this change. This introspective work is not simple: it demands to leave the comfort of a daily routine. One can think that this lifestyle is not for everyone, a nomad must be brave because he tends to be marginalized. Wandering builds character. Nomads are creators. Travel constitutes an apprenticeship, a vector of change, but, as the cave allegory of Socrates shows us, learning is suffering. Are we ready to endure it? What are the consequences of such a change? We have to keep things in perspective as Rolf Potts shows: define our fears to act against them. We then notice that they are minimal in comparison to the benefits knowledge brings. Historical nomadism is based on principles of common sense, applicable to life in society. There is no need to be rich or young to become an alter-nomad, it is about choices, priorities.