Walking helps to think

Does this mean that walking is a school of wisdom

Christophe Lamoure: Yes, because it keeps us on the ground; it is no coincidence that "humility" comes from the Latin humus, "earth". And that it allows us to experience our limits: by practicing it, we feel fatigue, old age, we "feel" that our body is not all-powerful, while the movements by car, in train or plane are all opportunities to exceed our physical limits. The march also teaches us that it is not in the nature of things to get straight to the point.

In the mountains, you can see in the distance the summit to reach, you can not climb straight to get there. You understand that the most direct path is not always the best and that detours and digressions can be valuable. Marc-Alain Ouaknin, rabbi philosopher, reports the following sentence: "Do not ask your way to someone who knows him, because you will not be able to go astray." It is in misguidance that we find.

This is what Rousseau calls "muser" ....

Christophe Lamoure: Yes. At home, walking has a very special place. It is first the experience of nature, that is, for him, truth (nature does not cheat) and aesthetics. But she also has a penitential function. All his life, Rousseau wanted to commune with humans, to establish with them relations of transparency, as he says in his Confessions. But the Dreams of the lonely walker are based on the observation of this failure: he has not managed to live among men as he wished, so he condemns himself to "leave".

It would be somehow: "Tell me how you walk, I'll tell you how you philosophers"?

Christophe Lamoure: Yes. One can indeed make a connection between the thought of the philosophers and their way of walking. Kant, for example: every day at 5 pm he went out for a walk in Königsberg, taking the same path. In other words, his walk was as planned as his constructed and ordered philosophy! Nietzsche also had his walking habits, but it was in the mountains. Where man can put his exceptional nature to the test and dream to know the highest peaks ... Difficult not to see a link with his philosophy ...

You quote there solitary walkers. Is this always the case for philosophers?

Christophe Lamoure: Often because it is an opportunity to talk to oneself - which is the definition of thought. But not only. The dialogues of Socrates written by Plato are for many the fruit of an exchange made during walks in Athens, or along the Ilissos river. Aristotle also taught by walking - hence the name of peripatetic (peripatein Greek, "walk") given to his school.

In fact, philosophy has taken its first steps in walking. An anecdote relates that Thales, considered the first philosopher, walked looking at the sky, and that one day he fell into a well, under the look of a hilarious servant. To those who think that the philosopher is prostrate and serious, here is a nice counter-foot: philosophy would be born in a burst of laughter, and on a misstep!


"Problems evaporate over the steps"

Stephanie Janicot, journalist and writer. Last novel published: The Privilege of dreamers (Albin Michel).

"I started walking in Paris about ten years ago because I was broke and if, since then, walking has remained my main mode of transport, it's because I I realized its benefits: we do not waggle its problems from one place to another, they evaporate over the course of steps, but I know that this walk does not have the same effects as hiking in nature I do not see anything when I walk in Paris, I move very fast, and I tell myself a lot of things What? Hard to say. Walking is like night dreams: my mind escapes and s invent stories, but once I arrive, I can not say what I thought, but dreams are so much about creation that I suppose walking is part of it, which is certain. I see as a failure the rare times when I have to take the metro or the bus: because that means that I did not know how to organize myself and that I miss the opportunity of e live this moment of emptiness, where I can let my inner voice speak. This precious little voice - since it is she - who will later dictate my novels. "


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