I suppose I should not have been surprised, but upon taking a leisurely stroll around Walden Pond, who do you think I bumped into? That’s right –– Henry David Thoreau.
Well as I live and breathe! Henry David Thoreau. Can I call you Hank? Stupid question. Another stupid question – what are you doing here?
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately.”
Sure, there’s that. But you could be home watching Netflix and chilling.
“As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.”
I can’t see Netflix using that as a slogan but I could be wrong.
“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”
Now that’s a gem. That could sum up the whole TV streaming thing.
“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.”
Ooh, that’s a good one too. I guess that’s why you’re out here in the woods instead of home watching TV.
“We need the tonic of wildness.”
Now more than ever, yes sir. Totally agree. What do you make of our current political mess?
“Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.”
Great advice, but specifically, do you have any suggestions for how we can change things for the better?
“Things do not change; we change.”
Hmmm. I was looking for a more detailed or nuanced solution.
“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.”
Is is just me or do you have the best answers to just about every question?
“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”
I just love, love, love that!
“There is no remedy for love but to love more.”
And here you are, all alone. I admire how you can come out here without an entourage or posse.
“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
That’s a great word picture. I wish you had one short enough to go on a bumper sticker.
“All good things are wild and free.”
Jay Harrison is a graphic designer and writer whose work can be seen at DesignConcept. His mystery novel, Head Above Water, is available on Amazon and Kindle. You can also visit his author page here.