It is rather irritating that the Ramblr App didn’t work properly, so I have to use a map from another app. At the moment I am having hard thoughts whether to continue with Ramblr at all!
Anyway, the walk was rather nice. The weather was nice, except that so now and then the wind was a bit cold. But most of the time there was lovely sunshine. Also the number of people wasn’t that big. Only in the neighbourhood of some restaurants I had to walk in a bit higher pace.
It was my intention to park my car in Egmond aan Zee, but it was not possible to find a normal parking place. I have no problems when you have to pay for it, but I rarely have cash with me. Luckily I found a good place for the car 100m from a busstop in a village nearby. I had to run for the bus, because when I stepped out the car, I saw the bus already approaching. Only one bus and the train from Castricum to Driehuis and I was ready to go walking again.
I am not stupid. I, of course, notice that most walkers do not walk alone. Many walkers walk in couples. More often than not they are talking. When I walk with my brother certainly we talk so now and then, but most of the time, I think, we just walk. I really like to walk with my brother, as I like to walk with my wife, though she is definitely more talking than my brother, but on our short walks this is not such a problem. Besides I do not have any problems to ask, when I feel I have to, her to be quiet for a while. Ah, this sounds harsh, but, for example, when we walked Friday evening, when it was getting dark, she said she would like to hear the owls in the park. I asked her then to be quiet, because the noise may disturb the owls or, another possibility, in the conversation the calls may escape your attention. And, yes, we heard the tawny owl in the park!
BTW, there were also a group of men walking and talking so loud. After 5 minutes I was fed up and waited until they passed me and walked about 200-3oo m ahead of me. Why didn’t they go to a pub to talk there?
In case you want to use your walk for some good thinking it is absolutely better to go alone on a long walk. While enjoying the first butterflies, the bumblebees, the anemones under the trees, the first Marsh Marigold – how beautiful yellow are those flowers – it is not difficult to develop a long line of thought. My walk yesterday in Marienwaerdt, about 9 km, is far too short for it.
My personal problem, perhaps, is that I have to repeat over and over again the same lines of thought, before I am able to let it rest for a while. This repeating is sometimes tiresome even to myself.
While walking in the beautiful gardens of Beeckestijn I had to think over the lecture about Nietzsche by Rick Roderick. Yesterday I watched it for the second time and, I have to add, during the last two weeks I did quite some reading in The Genealogy of Morality and Beyond Good and Evil. Now you may wonder what do you think about for so many hours? In the past I attended often lectures about philosophy and several times actually about Nietzsche. Despite all this “experience” Roderick opened my mind about some aspects of Nietzsche, which I never considered before really. Roderick says when you want to summarize all Nietzsche wrote in one simple sentence it is: be skeptical of everything! Good and Evil are not neutral. They are defined by powers. Depending from which side you are the killings in London are bad, but the bombing of a school in Syria is not bad, although not 4 people died there, but over 30. No, no, I did not write that the bombing of the school is ‘good’, because I am perhaps afraid to write down it is good. I did not write it is ‘good’, because actually it is rather considered here ‘unimportant’ and, yes, “important” and “unimportant” fall into the same category as “good” and “evil”, so they are defined by powers. So, according to Roderick Nietzsche says you have to be on the qui-vive when you notice something ‘labeled’ by a power. Things or issues are not good or bad, or important or unimportant by themselves, but because they are thus labeled by powers.
Of course during the walk my thought are sometimes going their own ways. So it is not so difficult to keep your mind focused for a few 100 meters on Nietzsche and his ‘fool on the square’ or his ‘Übermensch’. But my mind did not dwell long on Nietzsche’s obvious meaning of Übermensch, before, as always, his bloody sister comes into mind and how she destroyed the original meaning. BTW, I was already across the Noordzeekanaal, when I was amused by the thought that while thinking thus about Elisabeth Nietzsche I was making a mistake Friedrich Nietzsche would not have liked! I was criticizing the meaning of a word. Perhaps the criticism itself was ‘justified’, but I should have realized that words have no absolute meaning by themselves. Meanings are given by, again, powers. Powers, national socialist ones, were ‘manipulating the word “Übermensch”, but it is not enough to be skeptical about those nazi ideologists, it is also important to be skeptical about Nietzsche himself. So, you have to be skeptical about practically everything. On what philosophical fundaments do you build your personal ‘project’ (in the Heideggerian sense)? Are there still philosophical fundaments? I am a bit worried for the possible answer, namely only you yourself are able to decide what will be or may be or should be your ‘philosophical fundaments”. There is bloody little to talk about then. I think Kierkegaard is laughing in his grave. It sounds so much as a leap of faith.
Anyway, enough stuff to think about for many more, long walks.