guest     Tue, Jun 5, 2007  Permanent link
Ohhh. Delicious! To recognize that all things are defined by their contrast and that nothing is pure. How perfect! To embrase such a notion, in my mind, is to embrace life.
richard     Sat, Aug 4, 2007  Permanent link
"I see young men, my townsmen, whose misfortune it is to have inherited farms, houses, barns, cattle and farming tools; for these are more easily acquired than got rid of. Better if they had been born in the open pasture and suckled by a wolf, that they; might have see with clearer eyes what field they were called to labor in. Who made them serfs of the soil? Why should they eat their sixty acres, when man is condemned to eat only his peck of dirt? Why should they begin digging their graves as soon as they are born? They have got a live a man's life, pushing all these things before them, and get on as well as they can. How many a poor immortal soul I have met well-nigh crushed and smothered under its load, creeping down the road of life, pushing before it a barn seventy-five feet by forty, its Augean stables never cleansed, and one hundred acres of land, tillage, mowing, pasture and woodlot! The portionless, who struggle with no such unnecessary inherited encumbrances, find it labour enough to subdue and cultivate a few cubic feet of flesh.

But men labour under a mistake. The better part of the man is soon ploughed into the soil for compost. By the seeming fate, commonly called necessity they are employed, as it says in an old book, laying up treasures which moth and rust will corrupt and thieves break through and steal."

- Thoreau

Now my neighbors may not be towns men, but they are suburbia men, and what Thoreau is saying still applies. I am not exactly sure why I feel so compelled to post this.
paul     Tue, Dec 11, 2007  Permanent link
this is no wrong or right - it's only wrong if you're caught and only right if you're praised.
kruhiu77     Wed, Dec 12, 2007  Permanent link
Thoreau was ruined for me when i learned he had his mother bring him meals at Walden.

Still an amazing Transcendentalist, I was in Concord on the day of his birth this year, it was peaceful.