“In sleep, fantasy takes the form of dreams. But in waking life, too, we continue to dream beneath the threshold of consciousness, especially when under the influence of repressed or other unconscious complexes.” Carl Jung “Every dream that anyone ever has is theirs alone and they never manage to share it. And they never manage to remember it either. Not truly or accurately. Not as it was. Our memories and our vocabularies aren’t up
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I just realized that nowhere on this site is there a proper definition of flânerie, so here it is. As I’m able to live it more and more in my life, I’ll be better able to define it. For now, consider this an evolving work in progress. What is Flânerie? Before we answer this, let’s get two other definitions out of the way first: Flâner (v, French) : to saunter aimlessly Flâneur (n, French)
If you’re serious about discovering the heart and soul of a city, lace up your walking shoes and go exploring on foot. Walking a city is the best way to experience it. It allows you to get a proper feel for the city and those who live there. As a pedestrian you better absorb the varied sights, smells, and even tastes the destination has to offer. Some global cities are more flâneur-friendly than others.
“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” Albert Camus “All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.” Albert Einstein “The part of life we really live is small. For all
“Real travel requires a maximum of unscheduled wandering, for there is no other way of discovering surprises and marvels, which, as I see it, is the only good reason for not staying at home.” Alan Watts “Not all those who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkien “By experience we find out a short way by a long wandering.” Roger Ascham “Instead of insight, maybe all a man gets is strength to wander for a while.”