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Solvitor ambulando

 

The term, solvitor ambulando, was used in one of the favourite blogs which I follow:  100 years walking. This was not a term I knew so, of course, the internet was consulted and Wikipedia informed me quite simply it ‘means: It is solved by walking. The problem is solved by a practical experiment’.   The idea seems to have been generated centuries ago: ‘the 4th-century B.C. Greek philosopher Diogenes’s response to the question of whether motion is real — he got up and walked. “It is solved by walking.” As it turns out, there are many problems and paradoxes to which walking is the solution.’

I wonder how many readers use walking as a space to solve problems?  I do not remember doing so – I always feel immersed in the moment and the landscape and the weather so that problems from that other world, what seems like the real world when walking, simply don’t count.  They do not even come to mind.

Roman Payne is reported to have said ‘Wandering is the activity of the child, the passion of the genius; it is the discovery of the self, the discovery of the outside world, and the learning of how the self is both “at one with” and “separate from” the outside world. These discoveries are as fundamental to the soul as “learning to survive” is fundamental to the body. These discoveries are essential to realizing what it means to be human. To wander is to be alive.’ I couldn’t agree more.