The title of the book attracted me to read it. I never thought about a philosophy of walking before. Frederic Gros is a professor of philosophy at the University of Paris. Gros introduces the ideas of several famous philosophers. Gros also shares his thoughts about walking. He discusses three kinds of walking. They are the march, the pilgrimage and the stroll. I learned what each form of walking has achieved in history.
I am inspired by the achievements of Gandhi. He slowly marched for 44 days to protest a salt tax in 1930. His actions led to India's independence in 1947. His philosophy of non violence is something I strive for every day. Gros believes that strolling promotes pleasure, joy and serenity. These are things that I definitely want more of in my life. This little bit of knowledge motivates to reach these states of well being. I can walk indoors with a walker. This helps me to relax some what and achieve some clarity of mind. I am unable to stroll outdoors because of my physical disability, but I try to enjoy the outdoors as much as I can.
I am inspired by the words of Nietzsche. He believed never to sit for too long. He believed that the best ideas came to fruition because of physical movement. I am inspired by work of Thoreau who lived for two years by himself in a long cabin. He believed that walking gives a person an appreciation for nature. He also believed that walking helps a person detach from material possessions. Gros devotes a chapter to a philosopher named Rousseau. He wrote two books entitled Reveries and The Inequality of Man. He did this by just walking and observing around the country of France. I am motivated to learn more about Rousseau just to learn about what he discovered and compare it to my own experiences with dealing with inequality. I would have appreciated a longer discussion about the books Rousseau wrote in his career.
I learned about an edible cactus called peyote. People in Mexico make a pilgrimage of 400 kilometers annually to the Potosi desert to retrieve and consume this plant. The peyote cactus improves headaches and depression. Gros also makes a reference to the Kailash mountain in Tibet. This beautiful mountain is topped with ice. I would love to visit Mexico and Tibet to see these two things for my myself. A Philosophy of Walking inspires me to walk more for my health. Learning more about philosophy is always enjoyable for me too..This book makes me feel more enlightened.
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