We do however still have some open spaces, because of the wisdom of past leaders. A traveler in the Great American West will find what Ken Burns’ film calls “America’s Best Idea” - our National Parks. Wisdom also gave us another kind of open space - the freedom of thought and conscience. The First Amendment opens the world of closed belief to a shared space. The possibility of mutual respect for the thoughts of others creates a new world of freedom.
Travelers to the West can also find the park known as Monument Valley. It is not a federal park. It is a Navajo park. Its website provides its real name: Tsé Bii’ Ndzisgaii (Valley of the Rocks). It is owned and preserved and opened to visitors by the people who were there before the land became crowded. We can be grateful for their wisdom in not building hotels that would mar its extraordinarily beautiful landscape.