James Cameron already did it. Avatar. Seriously there is something romantic about a garden variety white man from the USA or UK immersing himself into a totally foreign culture. Not foreign to Lawrence but to almost every other Brit. Lawrence while in college did a 3 month 1000 mile walking tour of Syria. Then after graduation he did a 4 year stint at the archeological dig Carchemish, in northern Syria as an Oxford graduate student. He spoke several languages, he was fluent in Arabic and read classic Greek literature in the original Greek. Whatever his motivation, his illegitimacy or his diminutive height he lived a life that most of us dream of living.