Thoreau Walking

Pieter Breughel de Oude
Pieter Breughel de Oude

‘Methinks there is equal need of a Society for the Diffusion of Useful Ignorance, what we will call Beautiful Knowledge,’

Saunterers in the good sense, such as I mean. Some, however, would derive the word from sans terre without land or a home, which, therefore, in the good sense, will mean, having no particular home, but equally at home everywhere. For this is the secret of successful sauntering.’

van: Henry David Thoreau. Walking.

Walking with good company makes good conversation. Walking is an active way of learning, in which the company and the road and the coversation make the curriculum. Knowmad is walking with good company.

4 thoughts on “Thoreau Walking

  1. I really like these short but very reflective pieces. You’re a genius, Jaap. And like Sarah i liked the “sans terre” interpretation. On the one hand, i wonder if people who prefer to stay grounded will always experience MOOCs differently from others who are happy to “float”? But also, how much really knowmadness/knowmadity is there, when your “blog” might be your “homebase” and facebook might be your “party room” and twitter might be your “coffee room” – but I do love the walking analogy also because it implies you may meet others on the way, scenery may change and add something to the conversation. Love this post

  2. Thanks for this post. On the road I meet people like you, with an eye and an ear for other travellers. Kind words are energy for the hearts and minds of people.

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