Reagan, Illich, etc...

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  1. Sly

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    so, we just learnt yesterday that Reagan said to Nixon in 1971:

    "those monkeys from those African countries – damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!”


    yes, once more, shoes are all about civilization, modernity, etc...


    it reminds me this wonderful paper by Tim Ingold about the same question : https://www.nyu.edu/classes/bkg/tourist/feet.pdf

    "And could not the technology of footwear be understood, again in some measure, as an effort to convert the imagined superiority of hands over feet, corresponding respectively to intelligence and instinct, or to reason and nature, into an experienced reality?"


    and these few words from Ivan Illich, in Energy and Equity - 1973
    "Shoes are scarce all over Latin America, and many people never wear them. They walk on the bare soles of their feet, or wear the world’s widest variety of excellent sandals, supplied by a range of artisans. Their transit is in no way restricted by their lack of shoes. But in some countries of South America people are compelled to be shod ever since access to schools, jobs, and public services was denied to the barefoot. Teachers or party officials define the lack of shoes as a sign of indifference toward “progress.” Without any intentional conspiracy between the promoters of national development and the shoe industry, the barefoot in these countries are now barred from any office"


    or these words from another book, Women that Run with the Wolves :
    “An old witch from Ranchos told me that La Que Sabe knew everything about women, that La Que Sabe had created women from a wrinkle on the sole of her divine foot: This is why women are knowing creatures; they are made, in essence, of the skin of the sole, which feels everything. This idea that the skin of the foot is sentient had a ring of a truth, for an acculturated Kiché tribeswoman once told me that she’d worn her first pair of shoes when she was twenty years old and was still not used to walking ‘con los ojos vendados’, with blindfolds on her feet.”
     
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    Excellent thread, Sly! It's amazing the ignorance out there. It will be difficult to change the minds of the masses. A movie like Born to Run would help some, but I think most people will still be closed minded to the barefoot lifestyle.
     
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    I'm convinced by the comment from Dr. Daniel Lieberman about shoes being the fad and barefoot the well tested way of running. The missing part is that shod runners need to become kids again, relearn what running is and not being afraid of their own senses.
     
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    Very good quotes Sly. I like the reference of shoes being blindfolds for the feet, so fitting.

    In the grand scheme of time, modern cushioned and supportive shoes are certainly just a blip in time compared to the hundreds and thousands of years prior (of course more primitive footwear dates back into ancient times as well). But so is the smartphone, the PC, automobiles... these things are part of our culture now and never going away until something even more advanced replaces them. The best we can hope for realistically is acknowledgment and acceptance that being barefoot can be beneficial and perhaps more allowable in establishments but I doubt it's ever going to be mainstream, at least in a very long time.
     
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    I tend to believe that this modern civilization is burning finite ressources way too fast ("growth" means every year more than the year before, faster and faster) and is not possible on the long term, so I do believe all these things like car or smartphone are soon or late going to go away, but this is maybe another debate :)
     
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