I listed examples of why that's not really viable and I can list some more having given it some more thought.
If everybody took to walking barefoot in a society where there is garbage, glass, and sharp objects all over the surfaces we walk on, it's not unlikely that people would be coming into a building with wounds on their feet. Blood in an establishment opens up a whole other can of worms ranging in severity from grossing someone out to potentially transmitting something like HIV.
I also believe that a business person should have some say in the kind of dress code he or she can allow in their place of business. If they don't want some bare foot person or some obese shirtless man in his establishment, the government shouldn't force him to do otherwise.
Also, there's not many things more ironic than complaining about modernity from a an internet enabled personal computer.
First off, if everyone went barefoot, they'd be more concious about what they toss on the ground. second, I was walking around Chicago barefoot all weekend, and never once steped on a piece of glass or anything of the sort.
And everyone has bulging fat stomachs and private parts too. :/ Not that feet are on the same level, but
I still think they're unsightly. Also, someone walking around without shoes on (and not at the beach) just looks uncivilized.
But that's just me, and I certainly don't come from a foot-friendly place.
but look around, society has ruined us! society has ruined the enviroment! society has the potential to be a good thing, but unfourtunately thats not the path its taken. to tell you the truth, society(and specificly American society) annoys the living hell outta me. those bulging stoamches are just an example of of how society has corrupted us.
Dom, I agree with many of your points, including the fact that this isn't the biggest problem in the world It is just something that I do care about to an extent and was curious to see what people's views were and what reasons existed.
As someone pointed out, the rule appears to have been started as discriminatory towards hippies. - I'd like to hear from people from other countries - as this is obviously a very US centric view.
Are shoes required in most countries? They can't point to the hippies of the 70's in their countries, so where did the laws come from and when? Were there "no sandals no toga no service" signs in ancient Rome? People are pictured in sandals so clearly some people had footwear back then ... also, did they go into battle in slip-ons?
One thing I don't agree with is "it's unfair to expect them to catch up" - I'm not saying you CAN'T wear shoes - just that it should be optional.
Also, that even if we did it it would take a long time - that is the kind of defeatist views that keep people putting up with stuff that is wrong just because they feel they can't change it, and that's a terrible reason to do anything.
i agree completely with and inquire athe same things as M2
and any Traceur should understand that last statment better than anyone else. Just cause it'll take a long time and alot of work to reach our goals, doesnt mean we dont try.