Monday, August 3, 2009

Walk #214: What Makes Us Human?



Funny how the change of seasons can sneak up on you. We are in that time now. Hard to put your finger on. The temperature is less. The Stellar Jays are back. But it is more a feeling in the air.
Since I've been working so blasted much lately, a simple walk with my dog is amongst the more pleasurable things I've experienced lately. Very simple. Elegant in its simplicity.

Walking is simple elegance. It is the thing that we most celebrate about a baby around 12 months of age. First step. "One small step for a man", Neil Armstrong said. Walking upright makes us human; led to larger brains.In an age of eating fast food in the car, texting our friends and having our eyes glued to a screen--walking brings us back to the creatures that we really are.

I'd go so far as to say that if we ever want to move towards a Green Ecotopia--walking will be amongst the ways this will be done. It is the most under-rated transportation form we have.And it made us human.

3 comments:

Tim Koppenhaver said...

This entry would be a good introduction to your entire series of 365 Walks. Well stated.
Take care.
TK

Woodswalker said...

Yes, yes, yes, indeed! So simple, so east, without need for expensive gear. A way to celebrate when you are happy, a way to ease (or even embrace!) your sorrow when you are sad. But it's certainly true, it's more pleasurable when the temperature is lower than 100.

Allan Stellar said...

Thanks Tim, I just might do that...

Woods, as always, thanks...