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Individualism → standing up for your own principles, nonconformity, non- complacency Being in the present moment → being simple Self-examination Lifestyle choices → know what’s important and what’s not Living in nature → why nature inspires us → our relationship with the world, we realize the vastness of the world and learn more about ourselves 1) Walden 2) Civil disobedience (combine paragraphs into one) → individuality 3) Thoreau criticism → it is commonly misunderstood that Thoreau was a hermit b/c of Walden , Thoreau lived a balanced life, he just never made it seem that way → New Yorker/Guardian/Walking 4) Carl Jung → have to learn by yourself, then bring the fruits of your learning to the world → for all its creative and (psychological/reflective) genius, he never talked about how to interact with people 5) Walking → need moderation, don’t live isolated from society 6) Wrap Up → end with me at the end of the trail, looking at the vermillion sun I feel that in order for an individual to become fully self-actualized, if that is a good term, they must experience life to an extent upon which they can gain principles and from which form ideals. Individuality, self-reflection, interconnectedness -for all the life wisdom he gives in his writing, one blatant omission is that while he shows how to interact with ourselves and truly know ourselves, it doesn’t tell us how to interact with others Outside text needs to show how nature can help our relationships in a practical way
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Need to think independently of society, know your own principles and be able to discern what’s important for you, do what’s important to you, cut out stuff that’s not important, keep things simple and keep life in perspective, don’t get overwhelmed Nature helps us put things in perspective, to re-see ourselves and take time away from the clutter to think about what you want to do with your life http://lifewithprinciple.org/_resources_themes.htm#hearing
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Thoreau, Henry David, and John Wawrzonek. Walking . Berkeley, CA: Nature, 1993. Print. Thoreau, Henry David, and J. Lyndon Shanley. Walden . Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1971. Print. Thoreau, Henry David. Civil Disobedience . Boston: David R. Godine, 1969. Print. Thoreau, Henry David. Writings. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers . New York: Ams, 1968. Print. f Options A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849) "Civil Disobedience" (1849) "Slavery in Massachusetts" (1854) Walden (1854) A Plea for Captain John Brown (1859) "Walking" (1861) The Maine Woods (1864) Cape Cod (1865) What do I want to talk about with Thoreau? - (1) Importance of solitude, but in moderation → emphasize Thoreau’s travels too, so readers know he wasn’t just a recluse and that isn’t a good way to live - (3) Rejection of capitalism b/c it leads individuals to live meaningless lives http://faculty.uml.edu/sgallagher/Thoreau_Final.html Heart pounding, determined to reach the end of the trail, I think of the college application that sits back home, unwritten. Stressed, overworked, and overwhelmed, I am dragged along by
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