the best thing about walking (Edward Abbey)



大好きな、Edward Abbey。

...There are some good things to be said about walking. Not many, but some.

Walking takes longer, for example, than any other known form of locomotion except crawling. Thus it stretches time and prolongs life. Life is already too short to waste on speed. I have a friend who's always in a hurry; he never gets anywhere.

Walking makes the world much bigger and therefore more interesting. You have time to observe the details.

The utopian technologists foresee a future for us in which distance is annihilated and anyone can transport himself anywhere, instantly. Big deal, Buckminster. To be everywhere at once is to be nowhere forever, if you ask me. That is God's job, not ours.

The longest jouney begins with a single step, not with a turn of the ignition key.

That's the best thing about walking, the journey itself. It doesn't matter whether you get where you're going or not. You get there anyway. Every good hike brings you eventually back home. Right where you started...

Journeys of Simplicity:Traveling Light With Thomas Merton, Basho, Edward Abbey, Annie Dillard & Others Philip Harnden

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