Walden
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Walden
Henry David Thoreau
Philosophy & Religion
Aug 27, 2018
Henry David Thoreau is the friendliest of philosophers, in no small part because his search for life’s meaning was conducted with a first-person simplicity that gives his quest a narrative appeal: “I went to the woods,” he writes of his famous sojourn at Walden Pond, “because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” Culled from his copious journals, his thoughts are assembled into discrete chapters—“Where I Lived, and What I Lived For,” “Reading,” “Solitude,” “Visitors,” “The BeanField,” “The Village,” “Winter Animals,” and “Spring,” to name a sampling. His close observations of the world about him—take the catalog of noises, from train whistle to cock’s crow, so faithfully rehearsed in “Sounds”—summon from his pen warnings about the conformist habits of society as well as rhapsodies about the liberating energies of nature. A profound influence on environmentalists, economists, rebels, and activists, Walden remains a tonic for any pensive reader trying to make sense of his or her own necessities.
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Dec 2, 2018
Surprised to learn Thoreau made trips to town during his solitude. Seemed like fasting with an occasional snack.
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Everyone can relate to: "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation"
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In this age of consumption, Walden shows us the anthithesis - essentialism. What is truly needed for a good quality of life? Are we, in fact, missing out on the natural world by chasing the fast-paced life? Thoreau paints a romantic picture of his slow, intentional life that goes far deeper than glossy magazines. Whether you've ever grown up next to a cornfield, made fishing poles out of sticks, or spent days in peaceful solitude, Walden makes it clear that there's something beautiful about that life.
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Apr 7
One of a kind. Thoreau is preachy, but has a point.
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