Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Walking, and what it means to Philosophers and Writers.
Robert Macfarlane cites the following (p. 27 in "the Old Way"):
Jean-Jacques Rousseau writes that "I can only meditate when I am walking. When I stop I caease to think; my mind only works with my legs."
Soren Kierkegaard speculates that the mind might function optimally at the pedestrian pace of 3 miles per hour.
Christopher Morley wrote of Wordsworth as "emplying his legs as an instrument of philosoph.
Wallace Stevens wrote: "Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around a lake."