By Frederic Gros, Clifford Harper, John Howe
"It is simply rules won from jogging that have any worth."—Nietzsche
In A Philosophy of jogging, a bestseller in France, best philosopher Frédéric Gros charts the various various ways we get from A to B — the pilgrimage, the prom, the protest march, the nature ramble — and divulges what they say approximately us.
Gros attracts cognizance to other thinkers who additionally observed strolling as something valuable to their practice. On his travels he ponders Thoreau’s eager seclusion in Walden Woods; the reason Rimbaud walked in a fury, whereas Nerval rambled to treatment his depression. He shows us how Rousseau walked in order to imagine, whereas Nietzsche wandered the mountainside to write down. In contrast, Kant marched via his hometown every day, precisely on the related hour, to escape the compulsion of thought. Brilliant and erudite, A Philosophy of Walking is an enjoyable and insightful manifesto for placing one foot in entrance of the opposite.
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But in its place, we soon receive a boost. Nietzsche’s life was to be made up of these detachments, these breaks, these isolations: from the world, society, travelling companions, colleagues, wives, friends, relations. But every deepening of his solitude signified a further extension of his freedom: no explanations to give, no compromises to stand in his way, his vision clear and detached. Nietzsche was a remarkable walker, tireless. He mentioned it all the time. Walking out of doors was as it were the natural element of his oeuvre, the invariable accompaniment to his writing.
But selling his books – valuable ones, for he had been an excellent pupil – did not produce enough money to pay for the full journey to the capital. On arrival at the Gare de Strasbourg, he found the police waiting: he was arrested for theft, deemed a vagabond, and taken immediately to the local police station, then to the Mazas prison. His teacher of rhetoric, the famous Georges Izambard, rushed to his rescue and secured his pupil’s release by paying the railway company the unpaid portion of his fare.
An author who composes while walking, on the other hand, is free from such bonds; his thought is not the slave of other volumes, not swollen with verifications, nor weighted with the thought of others. It contains no explanation owed to anyone: just thought, judgement, decision. It is thought born of a movement, an impulse. In it we can feel the body’s elasticity, the rhythm of a dance. It retains and expresses the energy, the springiness of the body. Here is thought about the thing itself, without the scrambling, the fogginess, the barriers, the customs clearances of culture and tradition.