What is more human than feet? Anatomically, the feet are the terminal parts of the human lower limbs. But if we leave this definition, what are the feet for? Just to support the body and allow us to walk? And above all, how feet fit in humanity? '' The history of humanity begins with the feet '' said the paleontologist André Leroi-Gourhan, since without them we would still be in the Afar depression where Homo Sapiens was born. Without feet, man would not have felt the need to take care not only of his own survival, but also of his own existence, through culture. The feet are, therefore, an allegory of that typically human desire to doubt, to question oneself, to cross borders. The feet serve to remind us that Humanity is not transmitted genetically, but through the narration. Putting them on the road is one of the many ways we have to perpetuate Humanity.
While traveling, our feet meet other feet. Maybe they are the feet of people who speak another language or profess another religion. Maybe they are tired feet that have had to walk a lot to exercise freedom. Maybe they are nomadic feet by choice. Maybe ... We, Westerners, are losing the value of our feet. We use them only for leisure. We take them for granted. We don't even look at them, except for aesthetic reasons. Why have we forgotten about them? Why are we afraid of the different and the unknown? Why are we afraid of traveling? Is culture really the cure for our existence? With these questions I wanted to embark on a transdisciplinary journey to understand if that healthy desire to move our feet towards the soul of the world still exists. I asked for help from various exponents of culture, men and women of different ages, backgrounds, professions, life experience and mind. Different, but as we will discover along this path, united by a great belief. I will share with you this journey which is only just beginning. A journey that, as The Tale of the Sands teaches us - a story of oral derivation very popular among mystics - requires an irreversible change to be completed. Will we be able, like the stream, to reach our destination?