Saturday, July 2, 2016
Writing from Experience.
I enjoy some aspects of Romanticism, of convening with nature and writing poetry but when I read in Gros how he and Thoreau and perhaps others say one should only write what they have lived and not write a book based on other books, I question that.
None of us are self-made. It may be a romantic idea, but the truth is at birth and for several years we needed someone to take care of us. We simply didn’t pop out from our mother’s uterus ready to go. We needed someone to teach us how to survive and then teach us how to speak, read, and write to express what we think and feel. Teachers are undervalued because we have forgotten that they are the foundation on what we become.
Gros has written a book on walking, but he also read Thoreau’s books Walking and Walden that gave him Thoreau’s perspective on life and walking. What if Thoreau had been born in the slums of Rio and his only walking was to find food in the dump, his perspective on walking might be different?
For me, romanticism grounded in realism makes for a more complete person. I acknowledge my debt to those in the past who have contributed to my being who I am today and hope that what I can share may be of help to others in being whom they are or will become. But I think that it is a bit egoistical and egotistical to believe that the world revolves around me and that I am who I am without having had lots of help along the way.