Walking And The Suburbanized Psyche Analysis

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Before industrialization, people would make time for walking, just as they would make time to eat and drink. Through the decades the activity of walking has transformed due to the suburbanization of society. Many people have changed the way they view walking; this is a result of being exposed to suburbs, technology, and automobiles. In Rebecca Solnit’s essay, “Walking and the Suburbanized Psyche” she argues that the cultural activity of walking is fading due to suburbanization. The suburbanized psyche changes the way people think; most people want to get to their destination as soon as possible instead of walking and enjoying the wonders of nature. Solnit explains that the scenarios portrayed in the suburbs are repetitious and it makes walking less interesting. I agree with Solnit, and argue…show more content…
Many walk to exercise but others walk to reflect, and appreciate nature. Nature has a way of inspiring people in various manners whether it be with creativity or with motivation. Steve jobs is a perfect example of how taking walks can benefit you. Steve jobs would take long strolls in order to reflect on his ideas while not being disturbed. Could these long walks be one of the reasons for his success? Albert einstein is another famous person who took walks. If walking helps you become more productive then why are people transforming their interpretation towards it. The suburbanized psyche can be a factor which is causing people to suppress walking. Solnit states in her essay, “The suburbanization of the American mind has made walking increasingly rare even when it is effective” (263). People really need to realize the positive effects that walking can have on their lives. Walking can be a time for daily reflections on activities you did throughout your day or can also be used to come up with ideas. However, Many people tend to criticize walking due to how living in the suburbs has changed their interpretation towards
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