Western civilization, in its best sense, was born with the promenade. Walking is a sensitive, spiritual act. Jogging is management of the body. The jogger says I am in control. It has nothing to do with meditation. -- Alain Finkielkraut.
Liberal Frenchmen are chastising their new President, Nicolas Sarkozy for jogging, of all things. Apparently French intellectuals never have approved of sports or physical fitness, saying anything beyond strolling is undignified. Say what?! Granted, not everyone has attractive knees, but criticizing Mr. Sarkozy's choice of exercise as imitating American presidents, is just goofy. He's been jogging for years.