There is no life where he stands; that much he can see. And there seems to be no life for as far as the eye can see. In one direction, the plains stretch on to no apparent end, though he knows this can't be the case. Surely there is something there, but since he is not certain of this, he takes a step toward the distant mountains in front of him. As he takes another step, he smiles as large as his jaw will allow, for he is very happy with his decision. He will reach something other than these dead plains sooner than if we would have headed in the opposite direction. The sooner he reaches something else means the sooner he reaches life, and the sooner he reaches something alive means the sooner he can snatch that life away.