The Old Ways
The relationship between thinking and walking is also grained deep into language history, illuminated by perhaps the most wonderful etymology I know. The trail begins with our verb to learn, meaning ‘to acquire knowledge’. Moving backwards in language time, we reach the Old English leornian, ‘to get knowledge, to be cultivated’. From leornian the path leads further back, into the fricative thickets of Proto-Germanic, and to the word liznojan, which has a base sense of ‘to follow or to find a track’ (from the Proto-Indo-European prefix leis- meaning ‘track’). ‘To learn’ therefore means at root – at route – ‘to follow a track’.
Just reading this myself – I always like a bit of etymology!
Still in the ‘Chalk’ chapter and enjoying the book a lot.
Also today the link between thinking and driving. Lots of my best ideas on long drives
I must fight the urge to turn on the radio/iPod in the car, but I dislike driving (in England at least) and my tendency is for distraction.
A train of thought, nice transition.