Some quotes from “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau
“It is never too late to give up our prejudices. No way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof. What everybody echoes or in silence passes by as true to-day may turn out to be falsehood to-morrow, mere smoke of opinion,”
“Some things are really necessaries of life in some circles, the most helpless and diseased, which in others are luxuries merely, and in others still are entirely unknown.”
“The greater part of what my neighbors call good I believe in my soul to be bad, and if I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my good behavior. What demon possessed me that I behaved so well?”
I wonder what Thoreau Snr thought of his son?
Although HDT does, at the start of his book, acknowledge that many reading thus far would possibly have “stolen and hour from their creditors” to do so, acknowledges that many cannot afford to source their next meal, one has to wonder would he have thought the same had he not had Daddy’s pencil factory to fall back on, had he not been befriended by Ralph Waldo Emerson and on whose land he lived by Walden Pond for 2 years?
Were he on poverty’s doorstep would he have thought the same?
Besides that, being in a position to critically evaluate, to choose how to live, to have such means – that surely is a blessing and one would surely be criminally negligent were it neglected in favour of the”easy” route of just following the Woolly Masses?