Of course the map is not the territory, but each map is a new way of seeing.
Unfortunately we all get attached to particular maps and forget the map is not the territory.
So we see the same old things in the same old way, time and time again - no wonder we get bored, no wonder life seems meaningless, no wonder we get depressed. I think it is called ennui.
And of course we are afraid to let go of old and familiar maps, after all, all animals are afraid of the unknown.
But if we remember the map is not the territory, we know we can let go of a particular map and the territory will not disappear.
And in fact the belief that the territory will disappear is simply neurotic. But it is a neurosis that is very common - call it ontological uncertainty if you will.
And we have good reason to be ontologically uncertain, because everything we see, we see through a map. In fact we can't see without a map. And so naturally we think that if the map disappears, the territory disappears as well, when the territory only disappears from view - and when we open a new map, the territory magically reappears - the territory only goes into hiding when we blink the map of our eye - and when we open a new map - voila! - we see the territory anew.
And this is the raison d'etre of poetry. Poets simply make new maps. So we might say poets are map makers.
So no wonder poets are poor. Poets are poor because we fear their power to open out eyes with new maps. We would prefer to put out our eyes with boredom, control and ennui. Just as Narcissus put out his own eyes.
Oedipus did not have the map of his own parents, and in his ontological blindness, he killed his father and slept with his mother. And when he discovered this, he put out his own eyes to show us how blind we are without a map.
If you physically hold your eye perfectly still, and continue to look at exactly the same scene, quite soon it disappears from view and we are blind.
Our eyes depends entirely on movement to see. And as the eye is a mapping device, it depends on moving from map to map.
So map makers are ontological kings. Captain James Cook mapped Australia and brought it into sight. So without James Cook's map, you would not be able to see me now.
Map makers and poets plumb the deep down freshness of things, and the deep down freshness of things makes map makers and poets.