Recently I read Gros' A Philosophy of Walking which associated walking with creative thinking and returning to nature.
Living in the outskirts of Dallas I figured I should give it a try.
Walking distance is quite a bit shorter than the riding distance but still take over twice as long. I gotten the "Oh, my God you are walking to work... Thoreau through a variety of observations, and sometimes a little humor makes his point very clear. We need a connection to the outdoors, nature, and our own senses; yet, we at every turn do our best to isolate ourselves from the natural environment and force ourselves to adapt to an artificial environment where stimulation by nature has been replaced by consumerism and electronics.
Like Thorough mentions walking does separate you from "civilization" and although I am not walking through meadows and forests I see where he is coming from. We want virtual reality and lifelike special effects, while ignoring, except to destroy, the nature around us.
There, just five miles out of town, my husband and I felt like the only two people on the planet. Thoreau suggests that West and Wild are essentially the same thing.
And after ten more we seemed to have become a part of our surroundings: weaving our way between thorny bushes, or following the dry wash where once we saw two deer, or sitting on a rock and simply listening. That man has been drawn to the West even before the discovery of the New World, always seeking to meet that setting sun that is just ahead of us.Nowadays almost all man's improvements, so called, as the building of houses and the cutting down of the forest and of all large trees, simply deform the landscape, and make it more and more tame and cheap.I love to walk so I had no problem agreeing with much of what Thoreau says in the first part of this essay.The philosophies of Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)—hero to environmentalists and ecologists, profound thinker on humanity's happiness—have greatly influenced the American character, and his writings on human nature, materialism, and the natural world continue to be of profound import today.In this essay, first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and vital to any ap The philosophies of Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)—hero to environmentalists and ecologists, profound thinker on humanity's happiness—have greatly influenced the American character, and his writings on human nature, materialism, and the natural world continue to be of profound import today.A few weeks later an angry driver ran a stop sign, I picked this little book up the other day with reason.A few weeks later an angry driver ran a stop sign, almost hit me, then turned around and chased me. Their main job it appears is writing reports for insurance companies rather than law enforcement.I saw the fences half consumed, their ends lost in the middle of the prairie, and some worldly miser with a surveyor looking after his bounds, while heaven had taken place around him, and he did not see the angels going to and fro, but was looking for an old post-hole in the midst of paradise.I looked again, and saw him standing in the middle of a boggy Stygian fen, surrounded by devils, and he had found his bounds without a doubt, three little stones, where a stake had been driven, and looking nearer, I saw that the Prince of Darkness was his surveyor.This essay by Henry David Thoreau is about the author's joy in living in nature and in the present.Walking is a short read and nicely encapsulates many of Thoreau's themes from Walden Pond and his other works.