Moving to new places is a popularly suggested remedy to get someone to change or look at things differently. That’s why they say the same person doesn’t come back after a trip.
The peripatetic school (in Greek means walking) founded by Aristotle followed this principle; tradition was for students to discuss philosophical topics with their teacher as they strolled through the garden. They believed that the movement of their ideas benefited as they moved. Travel or even the action of walking causes new stimuli: that we start to know other things and that we relate differently to the world because we go out of the habit and get to improvise.
Travelling is not synonymous with seeking comfort, but of challengeing your gaze, decoupling the body and mind, almost as if we were resetting the last routines we have imposed ourselves—no matter how long—while we know other ways of living.
To achieve this and because of the need to help other realities outside our own, there is Rutopia
This is a double need:
- A) That of communities: sharing their ancestral cultures, their natural space full of origin and developing like our teachers in exchange for a payment that will help them improve their economic conditions to also preserve their place.
- B) That of travelers: get rid of their daily life while visiting different places, revaluing what exists far from them as part, learning from people and getting involved with nature.
What is traveling without moving? Moving in SARS-COV Times 2
No one was prepared to live a pandemic. If we were to motivate the consequences of making a journey from within our homes, we could move our interiors seeking understanding of ourselves and other realities. Today we can keep changing even though the ride is limited because we are still on the move. You who have stayed at home also begin to inhabit your space differently even if it is the same. Opportunities are different for now, but they do not invite immobility but to be more active in spirit and awareness about ourselves and others.
It continues to support our communities that are not excluded from this crisis, from empathy. You can keep looking to get out of the way even when you’re in the middle of four walls and generate all those connections that, the moment they become physical again, will bring us closer together. We will be able to go to the villages, valleys, jungles and forests of our country; to cook with the instruction of Doña Juana and learn the office of Lord Pepe.
From empathy it deals with you because the new thing to know in the midst of this pandemic is yourself. Don’t forget that Rutopia is still moving too, going through this pandemic by your hand and making a circle with the communities that bring this country to life.