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Well Shod

BY lisal

November 15, 2016

I have a collection of shoes gathered over the course of many years from around the world. They are exotic, beautiful, charming, odd. That is part of their appeal, but they have a deeper meaning for me. They are a reminder that man was, originally, a walker.  Long before he settled in the Fertile Crescent and began domesticating plants and animals, long before he built dwellings anchored in the earth, long before he began HIS collections – of things and of money – he moved from pasture to pasture, from highland to lowland, across sand and snow, hunting, gathering and, eventually, herding, leaving nigh a footprint on the land.

The Nomad, Rimbaud’s man with soles of wind; the Traveler, restless and curious, devouring the earth.

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Mankind has opted for monoculture, a desert of boredom.

We travel to escape – vertically up a mountain or into the seas’ depths, horizontally across continents into remoteness.  We look for adventure and magic, to discover our inner power awakened in survival.

And while I know I am an agent of destruction of the very world I yearn for, I nevertheless must go and see it.  For what else is there but cultures formed of fragments and debris from another time, pieced together in another way.

All photos by Varun Mathur from Jungle  Sutra of India's Hornbill Festival

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Meditations #83