"I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours." Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or Life in the Woods.
On August 9, 1854 "Walden: or Life in the Woods" was published.
In the summer of 1845, Henry David Thoreau, left the comfort of his home and lived for two years in the wilderness on the north shore of Walden Pond, located in Concord Massachusetts.
My father introduced me to Walden and the concept of transcendentalism many years ago. The idea that there is inherent goodness in nature and people was appealing to me. It was a philosophy that enjoyed popularity in the late 1820's and early 1830's and was an outcome of noted philosophers such as David Hume, Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Schleiermacher, and Johann Gottfried Herder. Not the most familiar of names.
Henry David Thoreau is a name that is forever linked to the phrase "The Mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." Perhaps it takes living in the wilderness to experience the immensity of nature and recognize the privilege of simply existing within a complex eco-system.
"I went to the words because I wished to live deliberately…" Henry David Thoreau
These words were written over 160 years ago. They continue to have relevance in our every changing, paradoxical world. We can still choose to live deliberately