Thursday, June 23, 2016
Walking And More Walking
I love to keep the collective highlighter feature on in Kindle. This passage was the most highlighted in Chapter 5 entitled Slowness.
There seems to be a not-so-undercurrent zeitgeist of simplicity pounding at the door of progress, sprawling across the country's once-foliaged landscape in a startling spectacle of concrete and steel.
"But haste and speed accelerate time, which passes more quickly, and two hours of hurry shorten a day. Every minute is torn apart by being segmented, stuffed to bursting. You can pile a mountain of things into an hour. Days of slow walking are very long: they make you live longer, because you have allowed every hour, every minute, every second to breathe, to deepen, instead of filling them up by straining the joints...The eye is quick, active, it thinks it has understood everything, grasped it all. When you are walking, nothing really moves: it is rather that presence is slowly established in the body." (pp. 37-38).
People seem to fantasize or at least romanticize slowing down. I say, in a pluralistic fashion, that we embrace both. Why not utilize the gigabit speed of the modern internet as well as other technologies to give ourselves that "extra" time to slow down, take a walk, and take in the newly-laid concrete and steel.
More to come, but I have an idea: a philosophy pub walk. I think the Green Dragon in Murfreesboro offers happy hour prices to anyone who walks to the pub. I'm not sure of the distance requirements, but it's a thought.
DQ: Do you feel like we should slow down, as a society, or does the hustle and bustle equal productiveness?