Here’s a story from the Hutchinson (Kansas) News Herald from January 1947. It’s about a barefoot boy who knows what he prefers . . . even in winter.
There’s a real contrast with the way this would have turned out today.
It’s funny how we tend to orbit our comfort zone. We get used to doing things a certain way. We go to the same places; we mainly shop the same places.
I suspect that’s particularly true when one regularly goes barefoot. You’re just interested in getting your stuff done, so you go to the places where you haven’t been hassled before.
But it is also true that we tend to exaggerate in our minds the possibility of attention. Even in new places, it doesn’t happen much.
But there are times when it can be a real surprise.
There was a recent article, I’d like to put the boots to the notion of barefoot healing, in the London Free Press that took issue with a press release about the benefits of going barefoot (and promoting a business putting on workshops around it). However, the press release made a big deal about “earthing”, which I criticized in Eye on Ions.
In my piece, I noted that one of the bad things about touting new age quackery such as “earthing” is that
there is also another crowd that we need to convince, people like doctors and podiatrists. If we spend our time touting things that are obvious nonsense to anybody with a bit of real scientific training, they will end up deeply suspicious about all of our other claims about the benefits of going barefooted.
The recent article tried to do that.