By Arne Naess

Throughout his life, Naess felt a mythopoetic connection with the space that opens up, when one moves beyond the treeline. Naess contrasts subordinate gestalts, that is, lesser forms of what is real, with higher-order gestalts such as the contrast between high and low, and dark and light. Movement towards treeline – from low and dark, to high and light – strengthens the contrast. Being at treeline becomes an experience of reaching supreme freedom. A text from 1989.