This is a conversation with E9590 Gears who has walked with me now twice over the past few days.
[19:23] E9590 Gears: Why do you walk?
[19:24] E9590 Gears: Whats its purpose whats its importance, to walk
[19:24] E9590 Gears: for weeks
[19:24] E9590 Gears: why?
[19:26] MGandhi Chakrabarti: it is in the doing, it is the physical act of walking on my treadmill – I am earning the SL experience rather than just getting it. Gandhi believed that wealth without labor to be meaningless.
[19:27] MGandhi Chakrabarti: this is also an experiment, to see what it is like to do this.
[19:27] E9590 Gears: So have you learned anything in your journeys?
[19:28] MGandhi Chakrabarti: yes, actually, SL is much more interesting this way, more of an exploration, more unexpected in a way as I spend much time searching for the path to get from point a to point b rather than just getting there instantly.
[19:28] MGandhi Chakrabarti: It has been very contemplative as well, one thinks differently when being physically active.
[19:29] E9590 Gears: You should put this on sl guiness world of records if there is any
[19:29] E9590 Gears: or get a $$ reward
[19:29] E9590 Gears: Atleastr
[19:30] MGandhi Chakrabarti: the reward is in the experience for me, it is also to do something that hasn’t been done before – others have walked across SL, but using a treadmill to reenact a seminal protest in history is something different I think.
[19:31] E9590 Gears: Have you made many friends on your paths?
[19:31] MGandhi Chakrabarti: yes, so far close to 30, I hope to form a group soon so I can invite all to walk with me at once.
[19:32] E9590 Gears: Would you consider seeing yourself doing the long walk in real life?
[19:33] MGandhi Chakrabarti: Yes, actually. I am a cyclist, road cyclist, I love the solitude and contemplative time of riding. I ‘ve not had the time for long rides, would love to ride across the US someday, once my kids leave home, which is soon, it may become more realistic to think about.
[19:33] MGandhi Chakrabarti: Oddly this experience may make me more interested in walking than I likely was before.
[19:34] MGandhi Chakrabarti: Reading an interesting book called “Wanderlust” by Rebecca Solnit, quite fascinating her take on the history and meaning of “walking”.
[19:34] E9590 Gears: So this is kinda inspiring you to the real life world,?
[19:35] MGandhi Chakrabarti: I think so. I’ve been doing online performance works for several years, this is the first to involve a serious physical commitment beyond typing, I can see this leading in many different directions.
[19:35] E9590 Gears: I see.
[19:36] E9590 Gears: Well good luck