Walking in someone else’s Shoes

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird)

“Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that who cares?… He’s a mile away and you’ve got his shoes.” (Billy Connolly)

The politics of footwear

The politics of footwear


L: Protestors against Israeli action in Gaza throw shoes at Downing Street

R: Shoes resulting from Nazi action in Stuffhof concentration camp near Gdansk, Poland

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2 comments so far

  1. practical psychologist on

    I am remarkably ‘unread’ but ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ was the first book to make a major impression on me. I think I was about 12 when I read it. And I do remember Billy Connolly on Parkinson when I was about 10 and my dad laughing uproariously downstairs and me not allowed to watch it. Probably the fart in a spacesuit gag.

    But by making these points I am missing your point. I guess there are several hundred of them to be made here?

    Matthew Parris made a very good point in the The Times the other day about Israel/Gaza. These days we are required to have an opinion on everything and he says that whenever he reads a pro-Israeli action article he finds himself agreeing with it and the same when he reads a pro-palestinian action article. To the point where he now has no opinion at all. Precisely where I sit. Does that frustrate you?

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  2. ArkAngel on

    The other day I saw in a newspaper a picture of a stars and stripes flag covered in a small pile of shoes, a protest picking up of course on the Iraqi journalist launches shoe at Bush incident. It brought to mind another pile of shoes from another era which goes some way to explaining why some people are not prepared to sit passively under a steady flow of missiles. That said, there’s nothing simple about the situation in the Middle East so, no, people having no certain opinion doesn’t frustrate me. But people having an adamant opinion with little factual knowledge to base it on or a lot of distorted information does frustrate me.

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