The new National Geographic has a fantastic article about a man who walks 21,000 miles, retracing 60,000 years of human migration. The article begins with these words:
"Walking is falling forward.
Each step we take is an arrested plunge, a collapse averted, a disaster braked. In this way, to walk becomes an act of faith. We perform it daily: a two-beat miracle - an iambic teetering, a holding on and letting go. For the next seven years I will plummet across the world."
Plummet across the world - hmmm!
I am also intrigued by his words from "Near the Talalak River, Ethiopia":
"Footware is a hallmark of modern identity. How best to glimpse an individual's core values at the start of the 21st century? Look down at people's feet - not into their eyes.
In the affluent "global north", where fashion caters to every whim and vanity, shoes announce their wearer's class, hipness, career choice, sexual availability, even politics (the clog versus the cowboy boot). It is disorienting, then, to be walking through a landscape where human beings - millions upon millions of women, men, and children - slip on identical-style footwear every morning: the cheap, democratic, versatile plastic sandal of Ethiopia. Poverty drives demand. The only brand is necessity."
And on he goes, giving us much to think about as we perform our "two-beat miracle" throughout our day.