Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Discussion Post 6
In this week’s reading of the Philosophy of Walking, Gros talks about the need for a balance in urban walking and walking in nature. I personally love walking in big cities. While it may not seem like one could find peace in loud, busy, crowded areas, I have found that these places allow me to escape inward thinking. We all have the tendency to get so wrapped up in our own life (our plans, our problems, our goals, etc.) that we forget to think about others and their lives. For me, urban walking pulls the focus away from myself and allows me to put my life into perspective.
Take Manhattan (one of my favorite places), for example. There are over a million residents on this relatively small island. The city is filled with people from all professions, races, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Every person is there for a different reason, and an intricate series of events took place to lead them there. There is also the historical aspect of cities that provide great insight into the humans that existed before our time. I feel that stepping away from your own life and recognizing these things is essential to philosophizing.
I do agree with Gros that there should be a balance between urban walking and walking in nature. There are times when we need just to be with ourselves and the natural world, in order to have the mental clarity to philosophize. Walking in nature allows us to appreciate all of the processes that go on around us and keep the world turning. It brings us back to earth and provides a blank slate for us to philosophize from.