Even when we are in the west, we miss the west.
For we are not in the west that we miss, the one we miss is a myth.

Most cultures have at the heart of their mythology the image of a man with a weapon. A killer of other men… (only) he can maintain the clarity of himself.

With each reiteration of the frontier expanding, the opportunity to be whatever you might wish was amplified by circumstance and guided by a religious heritage, urging every man to be his own priest…

–Robert B Parker