Searching for Texas’ True Essence: The Alamo and Beyond
“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
My journey to Texas was sparked by Philipp Meyer’s novel, “The Son.” The multi-generational epic chronicles a Texas family’s saga from the 1800s Comanche Indian raids to the early 1900s border disputes and the 20th-century oil boom. Through this gripping narrative, Meyer maps the legacy of violence and portrays the cost of power and passion for the land. The characters in the novel fascinated me and inspired me to experience and better understand Texas’ unique culture for myself.
During my trip, I sought to uncover whether Texas was merely a state or a state of mind. I visited several historical museums, talked to locals, and gained insight into the state’s culture. Through my experiences and conversations, I began to understand that Texas is not just a physical entity but an attitude, a way of life. Visiting the Alamo was the ultimate test that would help me understand this enigmatic state.