It entitled, “Campus Trends: Students Trek Through Ithaca Without Footwear”.
The whole video is full of wonderful little snippets. It starts out with the female student noting,
It’s a pretty natural thing to not need shoes to protect you from an environment that isn’t going to bite you.
The other person in the story is a male student (who’s also a bit of a tree climber)
He notes (edited slightly for clarity):
Humans have been looking where they step, place their feet, for a long, long time. . . . It’s a thing we’re pretty good at, knowing where our body parts are and being aware of how our bodies are interacting with the environment around us.
Another point he made that I really, really liked was that
It has a lot to do with authority, too. I don’t mean to make it out, “I’m going barefoot and that’s somehow smashing the state.” I don’t have these delusions of grandeur, but it’s this is my connection to the world around me, and I’m not going to let a grouchy librarian tell me how I can or cannot connect to the earth beneath my feet.
By the way, the Cornell library rules are here. They don’t say anything about bare feet, and I cannot find any other code of conduct that might.
So, I imagine that the librarian lost his or her altercation with these two. (But I wouldn’t put it past the library to suddenly create a footwear rule, in retaliation.)
Anyways, here’s the full video. Enjoy.
(PS. Unless you seriously suffer from blood pressure, don’t go to the youtube site and read the comments.)
[H/T: Chuck Waggoner]