Letter: Allegory goes shoeless

Maybe you never heard about it, but there is this small country where the people don’t wear shoes. It’s really out of the way and we just found it by accident. We had gotten off our map somehow, and ended up in this small country.

 

They were very up-to-date in every way — modern office buildings, homes, public transportation systems, television, everything a modern civilization would have. The people were friendly and very obliging in directing us to a place to spend the night. The only thing we thought unusual was that no one seemed to be wearing shoes!

We had a restful night, and in the morning we were convinced, for sure, that no one was wearing shoes! We asked the young waitress why no one was wearing shoes, and she said she didn’t know. No one wore them all of her life.

We left the hotel, and you can’t believe how odd it felt to walk down the street, being the only ones with shoes on. We had the opportunity to talk with some of the older citizens and learned a long time ago that some men came and began to teach against wearing shoes, and little by little, they persuaded a few to stop wearing them. They didn’t pay much attention to them at first, but in time, that teaching became stronger and stronger and so now, no one wears shoes.

Gil Ward

Evans

 

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