Friedrich Schelling once wrote, “Just as walking [is] a constantly hindered falling, so life [is] a constantly hindered extinguishing of the process of life.”1 It is hardly surprising that this elementary truth of walking and of life escapes us in our everyday lives, even though we are born incapable of the very form of mobility that will distinguish us from other mammals. But eventually we overcome our impedency no less than our infancy. At first blessed with neither a stride nor a voice, we become walking, speaking animals. We no longer give a second thought to the daring act by which we shift our weight from one foot to another, falling away from stable ground with each step; falling into the abyss; almost beyond the point of no return; and yet somehow hindered, impeded, held back … And it all happens so quickly, so heedlessly and unthinkingly, that this effortless grace, from which all the grace of dance is born, seems as nothing....
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