Wednesday, July 6, 2016
PW Ch. 9 - In the Zone
Everyone has a different philosophy when it comes to walking. We walk to get from point A to point B. We walk to increase our cardiovascular capabilities. We walk to decompress from the weight of life. Whatever the reason that compels us to walk, we walk with a purpose.
Though purposes may vary, the spirit of purpose is universal. It is a spirit that is tied to our senses. Our five senses connect us to spirit of purpose through our ability to see, taste, smell, touch and hear. For the sake of this discussion, hearing might be the most important sense that is used when we walk.
When we walk, our ears are constantly buzzing with the sounds of the world. These sounds propel some to their purpose and others to their demise. Given the walking history of Rousseau, we can understand how the sounds of Nature brought happiness to his soul (Gros 74). Consequently, the sounds of Nature distract me from my purpose, in comes my need for headphones. Walking with headphones allows me to focus and walk in my purpose.
Walking with headphones takes me to a similar plane of solitary that Rousseau would understand. Walking with headphones is not about being lost in the world, but more so about being one in my world. The distractions of society are drowned out and I am allowed to explore the topic of my philosophy. From The Roots to the voices of Michael A. Smith & Jemele Hill on the His & Hers podcast, I feel closer to fulfilling my purpose by helping to guide my thoughts.
Also, walking with headphones serves as a means by which one can be unknown, unrecognized, unloved and un-applauded (Gros 71). While some might view walking with headphones as an accident waiting to happen, it is safe to say that most individuals are safe when they mind their own business. A noble thought that helps defend the idea of walking with headphones. Clearly when one walks with headphones, they seek to avoid the pitfalls of human interaction. Pitfalls can cause an insult; where an insult was not intended. Pitfalls developed from the misconstrued actions of one individual towards another one.
While Rousseau seeks to engage society and find his purpose, I walk with headphones to engage my spirit and walk in my purpose.