Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience MOBI ☆
I don't know how many times I've read Civil Disobedience and each time, I enjoy it The same thing can be said for Walden Pond This is my first time to read Walking Thoreau can expound his points with a thoroughness that makes me wish I could just skip, but then I'd miss out on so many points I'm not giving this 5 stars because I liked it, but because the selections chosen are ones that demonstrate why Thoreau's writings last. I thought it was amazing that just when I’ve decided to sell everything and simplify my life, that I would choose to read a book that speaks to that Thoreau, of course, one of the first and most famous naturalists, and and proponent of living a simple life, brings strong arguments to bear.why be a slave to possessions, why be a glutton in any sense.I’ve recently decided to rid myself of many earthly encumbrances, sell or give away most of the things I own, and this very gentle, simple, intelligent man has spoken to my deepest yearnings through the 160 or 170 years since writing this book A book still so very pertinent to someone yearning to be free. This took me forever to finish, it ending up as my in between book, the one I'd pick up and read a few pages of when I wasn't focused on somethinginteresting As a (pretty common) rule I try not to put down a book until I've finished it, but every now and again one slips through, barring me not also damning it as worthless (which is rare) Is this a weird habit? To be in one way principled, to the point of dogma, about finishing what I've started, but then also to have a stack of books, months untouched, that I've convinced myself I'm still reading? What's that say about me? Shrug A little tidbit (Also, I treat these reviews like journal entries.)Anyway, I finished the second half or so in one big gulp, and now I don't know why I ever put it down.Walden is canon among the vagabond hippy types I first heard about it in Sean Penn's Into the Wild where the main character quits life after graduating college to go stomp around America I heard it again in various interviews with people involved in the #VanLife crowd Funny how books and ideas tend to form these clusters of relevance You start following a branch of thought and all the sudden your in what seemed like obscure territory when looked at from the surface, but after having dived deep you realize it's all familiar and connected I hear two different sources recommend the same thing, and I realize it's my perception that's got them marked as different, and that personal dissonance is what lights my fire to learnHere's a connection I have yet to make but is apparently substantial So I read the book.The sentiment of Walden is all about personal exploration Get rid of the status quo, go down to the minimums, and see what you find I like to think that in the modern this kind of a thing would be described as a dopamine reset Rest all your sensors so you can use them to once again navigate I'd love to try it And in the meantime, see what you see Thoreau saw a lot Some arbitrary highlights:1 The description of the black and red ant war The way he analogies it to humans He trivializes and sanctifies it at the same time Great stuff.2 The description of red squirrels as happygolucky manics If you've ever hunted in the North East, you'll know he gets it spot on.3 His description of routine as rutted trails, hard to get rid of And his going to say leaving is the equivalent of starting a new life, something that can be done several times with one body.4 He's distinction between blind patriotism and patriotism for a system that has, practically, brought to life benevolent potential i.e., loving the land, but being ignorant to what makes the land exceptional I also like his balance for the abstract and concrete There's so many vivid descriptions of real yet rare stuff: stoves, wood piles, walks, animals, etc And then at the same time, there's a lot of sophisticated, well founded moral in here too.Walden needs an update, though As a piece of history, as the starting point formodern sentiments and the actions they inspire, it's interesting and sacred, for sure But it's hard to parse It's written in a very lyrical, common language; but a lot of it is language we don't use any So if you're looking for a modern guide on how to live in the woods, or an explanation for why you should, then this might be a bit tough to crack However, if you want to know where it all started, and get a sense for what a diligent, focused, independent soul did when breaking free from a rigidity since past, this is the book.Anyway, some random thoughtsOn the Civil Disobedience essay: it makes you wonder when, across different time periods of seemingly drastically different setting, you start to hear the same arguments being made against or for government Thoreau makes a classic libertarian plea that sounds almost identical to the group's current canon, but, at least to the naive me it seems that, obviously the government of his time was way smaller and slower than today and obviously the amount of duty felt and practiced by the individuals of his time was necessarily higher simply by the times lack of convenience and technology, character of the people aside And yet here we stand however later, with an undoubtedlyhospitable country than the savage times before medicine and plumbing and roads were taken for granted, making the same for whatever reason compelling! pleas It's all very confusing Are these perspectives artifacts of a yet to be understood higherlevel mechanism? I don't know Walden, and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience written by Henry David Thoreau This book is an anthology of two separate books by Thoreau The first, that is Walden, is a collection of his experiences while in solitude at Walden Pond, Concord, Massachusetts, USA.Unsatisfied with civil life, Thoreau seeks to try out a different kind of life away from civilised society During his sojorn at Walden Pond, living in complete isolation, he exermines that he finds the tranquillity of solitude life, to besatisfying fulfilling and rewarding All the while, he eats only that which he produces by the work of his hands, he pays no rent since he build the house himself, pays no taxes because he does not transact with anybody during this time and accrues no debt because he is selfreliant He successfully practices this mode of living for two years and two months.He compares the life that he leads in the woods to that led by the men in the civilised world and he finds the latter wanting in quality He attributes the lack of quality of life in the civilised world to the obsessiveconsumptive habits common in civilisations This habits ensure that men are forever commited to their endless works, the chief end of labours being, not to afford the necessities of life but mere superfluities He reasons that this could go on for an entire life without men realising it or if they ever do, then it's certainly too late to do anything In his own words, “men labor under a mistake The better part of the man is soon plowed into the soil for compost By a 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 It is a fool's life, as they will find when they get to the end of it, if not before” He rebukes such lifestyles as deficient of divinity.Thoreau argues that men can unshackle themselves from this mode of life that makes life stressful, difficult and unhappy and as a result hinders the elevation of mankind if they gave up their prejudices and tried out other modes of life which he asserts are “as many ways as there can be drawn radii from one centre”.At large, the book is an eye opener Thoreau's view of the world lays out a different perspective on life compared to that which many people are accustomed to and opens to the reader a different approach to life.On the Duty of Civil Disobedience also known as Resistance to Civil Government argues that the people reserve the right to resist their government if the government goes rogue, becomes unjust or does not perform it's mandate To quote Thoreau, “All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable.” He also goes further to propose different forms of resistance such as refusal to comply with the law, refusal to pay taxes and as a last resort, violence.Throught this essay, Thoreau maintains that governments should be guided by morals as opposed to laws, for unjust laws exist At some point, he questions democracy as a form of government because it seems not right or fair to him, that the majority should have their way In this he argues that: “when the power is once in the hands of the people, a majority are permitted, and for a long period continue, to rule, is not because they are most likely to be in the right, nor because this seems fairest to the minority, but because they are physically the strongest But a government in which the majority rule in all cases cannot be based on justice, even as far as men understand it Can there not be a government in which majorities do not virtually decide right and wrong, but conscience?” Thoreau strongly believes that; “there will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.”This particular essay is said to have influenced many people among them notably Mahatma Gandhi and Dr Martin Luther King Jr both of whom led the fight for civil rights in their countries. In , Henry David Thoreau left Concord Massachusetts and moved to a cabin that he built by himself near Walden Pond in Massachusetts Walden, is an account of his stay in the woods and his experience Shedding the trivial ties that he felt bound much of humanity, he pursued truth in the quiet of nature Thoreau believes that such an experience enables one to gain true enlightenment Even as Thoreau disentangled himself from worldly matters, his musings were often disturbed by his social conscience On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, also included in this book, expresses his antislavery and antiwar sentiments, as well as his protest against the government’s interference with civil liberty His writings have inspired many to embrace his philosophy of individualism, and has influenced nonviolent resistance movements worldwide As a bonus, this book contains the essay by Thoreau, “Walking” Originally given as part of a lecture in , Walking was later published posthumously as an essay Now being a chief text in the environmental movement Thoreau's essay describes the ever beckoning call that draws us to explore and find ourselves lost in the beauty of the forests, rivers, and fields ❮Reading❯ ➺ Muerte en Hamburgo (Jan Fabel, Author Craig Russell – Lavons.co.uk Henry David Thoreau left Concord Massachusetts and moved to a cabin that he built by himself near Walden Pond in Massachusetts Walden [Reading] ➷ Jazz Age Stories By F. Scott Fitzgerald – Lavons.co.uk is an account of his stay in the woods and his experience Shedding the trivial ties that he felt bound much of humanity ❰Read❯ ➱ Much Obliged, Jeeves Author P.G. Wodehouse – Lavons.co.uk he pursued truth in the quiet of nature Thoreau believes that such an experience enables one to gain true enlightenment Even as Thoreau disentangled himself from worldly matters ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ The Wrong Blood By Manuel de Lope ❤ – Lavons.co.uk his musings were often disturbed by his social conscience On the Duty of Civil Disobedience [KINDLE] ❁ The Customer-Funded Business ❄ John W. Mullins – Lavons.co.uk also included in this book [PDF / Epub] ✐ The Affair ☃ Emma Kavanagh – Lavons.co.uk expresses his antislavery and antiwar sentiments ☂ [PDF / Epub] ☁ Summer People & The Little House By Shirley Jackson ✐ – Lavons.co.uk as well as his protest against the government’s interference with civil liberty His writings have inspired many to embrace his philosophy of individualism ❮Epub❯ ➥ Beautiful Creatures ➤ Author Lulu Taylor – Lavons.co.uk and has influenced nonviolent resistance movements worldwide As a bonus ❮PDF / Epub❯ ✈ Dr. Simon Forman ⚣ Author Judith Cook – Lavons.co.uk this book contains the essay by Thoreau ❴Read❵ ➪ Susannah (Sunfire, Author Candice Ransom – Lavons.co.uk “Walking” Originally given as part of a lecture in [Reading] ➷ An Obsession with Cigar Box Guitars Author David Sutton – Lavons.co.uk Walking was later published posthumously as an essay Now being a chief text in the environmental movement Thoreau's essay describes the ever beckoning call that draws us to explore and find ourselves lost in the beauty of the forests [Lire] ➫ The Folded Earth: A Novel Par Anuradha Roy – Lavons.co.uk rivers ❰PDF❯ ✩ Charity Girl Author Georgette Heyer – Lavons.co.uk and fields I’m not sure I can fairly rate this book Maybe I wasn’t in the mood for it? I struggled to stay awake Too much nature and not enough substance Yawn 1.5 stars Sorry not sorry. Brilliant I also like the fact that this version combines 3 Thoreau classics.