Sunday, January 05, 2014

EMERSON & THOREAU: SEEKING THE SIMPLE

"Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." - Ralph Waldo Emerson


       A View of Walden Pond from Emerson's Cliff About a Hundred Years Ago

Henry David Thoreau went to live at the home of Emerson in 1841. In 1845, he began building a small house on the shore of Walden Pond which was on Emerson's land. 

                        Walden Pond Cove Nearest To Thoreau's Cabin

                                  Walden Pond as Seen from Space

Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau had more in common than having lived in the same house and on the same land.  They had more in common than belonging to the same club or writing for its journal.  Both are well known for their mistrust of materialism.

Thoreau sought the serenity to go into tomorrow with a high spirit at Walden Pond by seeking the simple.  Tomorrow looks brighter the less baggage we carry into it.

This is a verse from a poem by Thoreau

Great God, I ask for no meaner pelf*
Than that I may not disappoint myself,
That in my action I may soar as high
As I can now discern with this clear eye.
          Henry David Thoreau

Seeking the simple will let you soar!

*pelf
money or wealth, especially when regarded with contempt or acquired by reprehensible means.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English  < Old French pelfre  booty
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2013.





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