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Monique Besten <[log in to unmask]>

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Walking Artists Network <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 21 Jan 2016 22:51:50 +0100

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I agree, slowness is important. It sometimes keeps me from writing, from responding to messages, questions, threads like this one, because I like to be slow in my thinking as well but when it comes to moving through this world, slowness is essential, disruptive, very political in a world where there is a focus on speed and fast progress. Yes, I it will become a great disruption sometime but it takes time to get more slowness in this world. Of course it takes time. I don't think it seems harmless, but maybe I am too much in the middle of it to be objective about that.

I find the "shame" interesting as well, "walking as a privilege when others walk by necessity", but don't we all walk by necessity, isn't it the walking that makes us human, that made it possible for us to be creatures with well-developed brains (I won't talk about how we not always use them in the right way)? It shouldn't stop us from walking, it can help us understand the ones who have to better. We can use our walking to relate to them, to confront other people who only see us walking, with the situation of people they don't want to see. And there are so many ways to walk, it can have so many goals, it is a tricky thing to start comparing. We better be ashamed of other things, of our politicians who don't do enough to help the people who walk because there is no other way. If (and only if) we are ashamed of our own walking, it means we are doing something wrong, but it isn't necessarily in the walking. It is in not being of help to them. And we won't change that by not walking. We better walk more so we can pay more attention and ask others to have more attention for things. That is where change starts. 

Best,
Monique

Op 21 jan. 2016, om 20:55 heeft Phil Smith het volgende geschreven:

> O, Bibi, I'm not at all frustrated, in some ways I think the relative silence (after a brief flurry of discussion immediately after Falmouth) is probably a very healthy sign of multiple trajectories and projects, perhaps influenced by glancing meetings, but not determined by them. 
> 
> I'm interested in your insightful comments on the style - I realise (knew, but confess) that what I wrote is too contrived as a useful offering, too clever-clever, any openness mixed up with something else. On the other hand I didn't want to disguise the fabrication and artifice here; these are genuine themes/questions that I think (but don't know) are worthy of walkers discussing. But at the same time I am coming at them from the midst of writing; I had the impulse to lift them out and put them on the WAN list and they still have all sorts of tatters attached. 
> 
> Walking upright not forwards; that strikes me like a hammer. An idea I have never considered, but will now. 
> 
> Slowness is important. I think it is more 'racy' than people think. Slowness seems harmless, but I think it will become a great disruption sometime. 
> 
> Hi to you in Brooklyn. From me behind the walls of volcanic rock.
> 
> Phil 
> 
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