By Frederic Gros, Clifford Harper, John Howe
"It is barely principles received from jogging that have any worth."—Nietzsche
In A Philosophy of jogging, a bestseller in France, major philosopher Frédéric Gros charts the various assorted ways we get from A to B — the pilgrimage, the prom, the protest march, the nature ramble — and divulges what they say approximately us.
Gros attracts awareness to other thinkers who additionally observed strolling as something critical to their practice. On his travels he ponders Thoreau’s eager seclusion in Walden Woods; the reason Rimbaud walked in a fury, whereas Nerval rambled to therapy his depression. He shows us how Rousseau walked in order to imagine, whereas Nietzsche wandered the mountainside to jot down. In contrast, Kant marched via his hometown every day, precisely on the related hour, to escape the compulsion of thought. Brilliant and erudite, A Philosophy of Walking is an pleasing and insightful manifesto for placing one foot in entrance of the opposite.
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What I mean is that by walking you are not going to meet yourself. By walking, you escape from the very idea of identity, the temptation to be someone, to have a name and a history. Being someone is all very well for smart parties where everyone is telling their story, it’s all very well for psychologists’ consulting rooms. But isn’t being someone also a social obligation which trails in its wake – for one has to be faithful to the self-portrait – a stupid and burdensome fiction? The freedom in walking lies in not being anyone; for the walking body has no history, it is just an eddy in the stream of immemorial life.
Slowness really is the opposite of haste. When we reached the summit and caught up with the ‘sportsmen’, they were sitting down, discussing their time with enthusiasm and making incomprehensible calculations. The reason they were hurrying like that was that they wanted to make a particular time. We stopped for a minute to look at the view. Then, while the group continued to make long commentaries and interminable comparisons, we slowly started back. The illusion of speed is the belief that it saves time.
Thus walking, looking down on the world and men, he composed in the open air, imagined, discovered, grew excited, was frightened by what he found, astonished and gripped by what came to him on his walks: The intensity of my feelings makes me laugh and shiver at the same time – it has happened several times that I have been unable to leave my room for the ridiculous reason that my eyes were red – and for what cause? Just that on the previous day during my long walks I had wept too much, and not sentimental tears but tears of happiness, singing and staggering, taken over by a new gaze that marks my privilege over the men of today.