What is a down-to-earth girl

What does ... being down-to-earth actually mean?

Cheers to the down-to-earth attitude!

Having solid ground under your feet has its advantages, no matter how and what you stand on. Losing him under your feet means: swaying, stumbling, being insecure, sometimes even helpless. Still, being down-to-earth is not one of our most attractive qualities. Just why?

Prejudice against down-to-earth people

It seems as if down-to-earth people have a permanent place in life, but not much happens to them. Front gardens are raked, the food is on the table on time and the building society contract guarantees the best possible planning of changes, if they ever occur. At least that's what our prejudices sound like. Such a down-to-earth life is stuffy, stuck. Anything but revolutionary self-realization. But what is bourgeois about digging in the earth with your hands and giving birth to a few flowers? And why shouldn't we keep our money together? Perhaps the gentleman with the towel-sized front yard will save on a sailing ship with which he wants to travel around the world. To his great lifelong dream of the infinite space.

Freedom instead of borders

Perhaps being down-to-earth is not the end of our freedoms, on the contrary, the actual prerequisite for it. It's a shame that it has been lost in our often so withdrawn life. This is exactly what Martin Heidegger described in the 1950s. On the one hand, the down-to-earth attitude is threatened by the negligence of people, according to the philosopher, but even more so by the prevailing zeitgeist. Even back then, being down-to-earth seemed to have little to do with a successful life.

Advantages of being down to earth

But if we observe ourselves, we can very well find very specific moments in which being down-to-earth is an advantage. Take yoga, for example: if you have a secure footing on the ground, you are not only more stable, but also more flexible, and can stretch your body in different directions without falling over. So it's not about standing still, but rather about stable mobility. The physicist Hans Peter Dürr underpins this anatomical picture in his lectures: If we only stood on one leg, we would find it difficult to balance. If, on the other hand, we had three legs, stability would be guaranteed, but we would not move as easily.

The great thing about both of our legs is that two wobbly systems complement each other: If we wobble with one leg, we use the other to help - and even get lost. This is progress in the best sense of the word, progress that can only work if we keep each leg firmly on the ground and only then take the next step.

In this way, we can even manage to jump over an obstacle with ease or dare to fly high. We like to swing ourselves up to something higher, but that only works if we are well rooted. Goethe already knew that, who advised: "Children should get two things from their parents: roots and wings." And we actually know that too.

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