As people become more immersed in convenience, walking is becoming an absurd action
At this point of our evolution, we are a world that prefers immediacy. Our food, packages, rides, information, validation, etc. we expect all of these things to be accessible at a moments notice. And it got me thinking, although this convenience is deemed a luxury and people seem to greatly enjoy the ease of such amenities …is it actually great? Or is it actually causing us to bypass things that are a true luxury.
As I walked through the streets of Canggu, Bali… I quickly noticed that I was the only person walking… everyone else was dashing by on their motor scooters. Not only did I feel a bit bizarre walking while everyone else scooted around, but those on motor scooters must have also thought it was strange because I was asked a number of times if I had wanted a ride. Every time I politely declined because I actually really enjoy walking.
I know those scooterists were just being kind, but why is walking seen as an action that people don’t want to partake in? And that’s a silly question for me to pose because the answer is obvious…most people don’t want to walk hence why they are scooting around. So it then brings me to question, well why do people not want to walk?
And I think it’s that walking isn’t viewed as an option anymore, I suppose the idea is that if you can get somewhere in 3 minutes by scooter instead of 30 minutes by walking… people innately opt for the quicker option.
But why? What is everyone such in a hurry for? In Bali, time doesn’t seem to exist, and all there is to do is go to a café or yoga class, I just don’t quite get it. So it brings me to suggest that people have an immediacy complex, meaning that they are so use to getting and having things immediately that waiting or doing something that takes a bit more time is blasphemy.
And perhaps people just don’t like walking which I get – I didn’t always enjoy walking. When you’re not use to walking large distances it definitely can be a bit uncomfortable, but all I did on my last trip was walk and explore new cities and towns, in which I became very fond of this natural action. It was actually difficult coming back home not having anywhere to walk. Unless I made it a priority to go for a hike, walking doesn’t naturally happen in my day to day life. I find that to be the case for most people, unless they have a non-sedentary job, they make a priority to walk, or they live in a city…walking is becoming a bit archaic.
Even those living in the city don’t take advantage of walking places! So many times I would pick people up (while Uber driving) and they were going less then a mile within in the city…c’mon.
This brings me back to what I was originally saying though…people are starting to not view walking as an option because they can take a ride that’s only a few bucks and will take less time. Although convenient I feel as though it hinders people from experiencing the best parts about being a human! In this case…walking, such a natural relaxed action, as well as a light exercise (while traveling I lose so much weight because I’m walking so much), that allows you to explore and connect with any given place. I find it to be so much better then zipping from one place to the next, to get the chance to fully appreciate a city or town, to simply enjoy the day.
I find it so interesting, but also discouraging that something that is such a natural human activity is becoming unusual do to this immediacy complex.
Walking is not the only thing that this immediacy complex is effecting, but all sorts of human conduct is being suppressed/inhibited due to having anything and everything at a push of a button. Although deemed a luxury I feel as though this lifestyle of convenience is doing more harm then good, but this should be further discussed at another time.