Friday, July 14, 2006

"I wish to speak a word for Nature, for absolute freedom and
wildness, as contrasted with a freedom and culture merely civil--to
regard man as an inhabitant, or part and parcel of Nature, rather
than a member of society. I wish to make an extreme statement, if so
I may make an emphatic one, for there are enough champions of
civilization: the minister and the school committeee and every one
of you will take care of that . . . Perchance, when, in the course
of ages, American liberty has become a fiction of the past--as it is
to some extent a fiction of the present--the poets of the world will
be inspired by American mythology."

from "Walking" - Thoreau

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