Posts tagged ‘Henry David Thoreau’

September 20, 2016

On Simplicity

Thoreau did not live to be very old and, even so, what profound sentiments filled his relatively short life.  I took this picture of a white pine at its prime and photoshopped the image to get this effect, adding the quote from HDT below:

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In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.
Henry David Thoreau
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January 13, 2012

What would Henry think?

A white pine on what used to be sandy shore of an extension of the waters of Lake Calhoun in Linden Hills.  This pine is just a baby, maybe 60-70 years old and could live another 100 or more, if allowed … what a magnificent sight that would be.  If only, like Thoreau, we could live our lives more simply … as he describes in “Walden”, pp. 323- 324:
” 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 a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”