Esthetics of Walking
Esthetics of Walking
  • Reporter Lee Mi-yeon
  • 승인 2020.01.05 18:04
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I like to walk. If time permits, I usually walk most places. Friends who know I like to walk avoid traveling with me. Because they know what will happen. I once went on a trip to Tongyeong with a friend. We seemed to have walked on that trip except for the time we ate. That day, my friend and I walked about 12 kilometers.
Walking with friends or family is good, but walking alone gives me time to think. I used to think about my life, about my friends, or the various aspects of people passing by.
I also like to walk on rainy days. Time passes and rainwater flows, but there is a person who seems to remember things. I often walked on my way to the dormitory with my worries. It was a calm evening. By the time the lights of the streetlights had gone out while I was walking, all the people who walked by disappeared and I was walking alone. Nothing has been solved by walking, but strangely, the complex mind has settled down and then I feel like I can enter the dormitory. Though the time of pain may begin again tomorrow, I would like to live for now. There is this mysterious power to walk. 
Recently, I read a book by French philosopher Frederic Gero, "Walking, to think about the philosophy by two feet." In the book, he introduces the "walking philosophy" of Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Henry David Thoreau, Immanuel Kant, and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who loved walking as he unfolded his ideas about walking. He said, "Just taking a walk gives you the freedom to stop. We can forget things for a while and ease the burden that worries us. This freedom is 'to be nothing, it is the freedom you can enjoy when you walk.' This means that it is time to get out of the yoke of life.
Friedrich Nietzsche always walked the same path, averaging one hour in the morning and three hours in the afternoon. He spent as much as four hours a day walking and used walking as a time for free-thinking. Jean-Jacques Rousseau was similar to Nietzsche. Russeau said that only by walking can he think, organize, create, and be inspired. Russo talked in the fourth volume of 'Confessions', "I like to walk comfortably and only stop as my feels inclined. What I need is wandering life." Immanuel Kant's love of walking is well-known. Kant, who has never left the hometown, Kaliningrad, has been called the "Kaliningrad’s Clock" for living so regularly. He left home every morning at eight o'clock sharp for a walk. He was only interested in two things, besides writing and reading: walking and eating. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi also valued walking. Walking was a simple way of practicing life that he pursued as he entered the path of no-holds.
The author emphasized that walking deeply can lead to greater enlightenment. He said, "Walking means getting rid of useless things and living a life that has thrown away a mask." As daily life becomes heavier while trying to fill, then walking is the process of removing and emptying the filling. Walking is straightforward. There is no other leap except to tramp without skipping.
The thing we can only do is just going slowly and steadily for a long time. Our bodies never change unless we work hard for a long time. Only when we walk steadily in a proper cycle is entitled to a gift. Living in the age of the 4th Industrial Revolution, we are always impatient. Advances in technology have brought us many conveniences, but this sometimes makes us impatiently expect gifts. Walking gives us freedom from self-imposed or other restraints, and this meaningful world is open to anyone.