Brain Food #463

Learning how to walk

Shifting back to a life of simplicity has become a necessary means of survival. When uncertainty prevails, fewer risks are taken, fewer luxuries are indulged in, the world becomes enough as it is. The simple things, the ones we took for granted, suddenly regain their value.

One such thing is the act of walking. We invented vehicles and other ways to make walking obsolete. Yet suddenly (almost comedically), everyone is going for a walk, rediscovering their city, and themselves, along the way:

“Walking is mapping with your feet. It helps you piece a city together, connecting up neighborhoods that might otherwise have remained discrete entities, different planets bound to each other, sustained yet remote. I like seeing how in fact they blend into one another, I like noticing the boundaries between them. Walking helps me feel at home.”

― Lauren Elkin

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