- 1. What has introduced an invasive "sporting spirit" to the child's play of walking?
- Do you agree that “modern life is moving faster than the speed of thought, or thoughtfulness?” What's the solution?
- Walking is not a sport, but it once was. "For several decades in the later nineteenth century, the favorite spectator sport in America was watching people walk in circles inside big buildings." * Comments?
- We do not belong to those who have ideas only among books," said Nietzsche, "it is our habit to think outdoors." Do you find your own indoor thoughts more bookish, your outdoor thoughts more natural and free? Do we need more practice during class, to notice the difference?
- Do you find that a long walk (hike, bikeride, or some other personally-functional equivalent) makes you feel more yourself, or less like a self at all?
- COMMENT: "As in the 1950s, this is a time when belief is dividing the nation and the world," says Jay Allison about life today. "We are not listening well, not understanding each other -- we are simply disagreeing, or worse."
- COMMENT: "Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves." Carl Sagan
- Do you agree with Neil deGrasse Tyson that NASA's budget should be doubled?
- Post your DQs too, please.
2. What does Gros say we escape from, by walking?
3. According to Gros, “when you are walking, there is only one sort of performance that counts.” What is it?
4. In Hindu philosophy, what are the four stages on the journey through life?
5. Whose students and literal followers were known as peripatetics?
6. Who said he could only meditate when walking?
7. Who roamed his "Sandwalk" daily with his fox terrier?
8. How much does the average American walk?