From a Paris Review interview with poet Cathy Park Hong:
The frontier is always the border of something, virgin territory where we can build new worlds, remake ourselves; always there’s this obsession with remaking ourselves. So to dream of the frontier is also to desire immortality. But there is no such thing as new territory. There are always previous civilizations, societies, families, and cultures. So when we build new worlds, there will be violence.
She’s describing her own poetry, but it sounds an awful lot about what compels us to make-and play-games.