|From January 2009|
He really had to get out and walk, you know. After weighing all the security nightmares, you have to show that it's okay to be who you are and to not be afraid. After the turmoil of the last few years and the economic times at hand - the potential loss of jobs, the insecurity of professions, the devaluation of material things you once held dear, you have to show you're not afraid.
Riding in an expensive car driven by a hired hand is for a privileged person in a private world, but walking down the street is the ways and means of the common citizen of the public space. There's an inherent risk and vulnerability in every act of getting out in the world and walking down the street. For some, the risk is greater. But the only way to make progress, however, is to connect with others who may be walking there and to help one another move forward.
Image: Televised image of the inaugural parade of President Barack Obama, January 20, 2009, Washington, D.C. by Walking Off the Big Apple.