running and wealth

Quick link: A Philosophical (Running) Life Overseas

Today I’m writing at A Life Overseas about running and wealth and poverty and privilege and learning to engage with my local community. The piece brings together thoughts from Running Barefoot, Naked, and Dehydrated and When Rich Westerners Don’t Know They Are Being Rich Westerners and continues the dialogue.

Anyone who lives in the developing world and owns multiple pairs of shoes, drives a car, has running water, and eats meat more than once or twice a week has issues of poverty and wealth smacking them in the face every day. We need to wrestle with this.

Anyone who doesn’t live in the developing world but owns multiple pairs of shoes, drives a car, has running water, and eats meat more than once or a twice a week might not have issues of poverty and wealth smacking them in the face every day but they still need to wrestle with this.

I am very aware of my privilege, running is an example of that privilege. Not running, or running in secret does nothing to address this issue. It would simply mask my abundance. There is a subtle lie here, easily believed, that hiding behind walls or being ashamed of quality running shoes would somehow make the economic difference between myself and many Djiboutians less true…

Click here to read A Philosophical (Running) Life Overseas