a little hope from Thoreau

January 31, 2015 § Leave a comment


That man who does not believe that
each day contains an earlier, more sacred, and auroral hour than he
has yet profaned, has despaired of life, and is pursuing a descending
and darkening way.
I know of no more encouraging
fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his
life by a conscious endeavor.
The News
What news! how much more important to know what that is
which was never old! “Kieou-he-yu (great dignitary of the state of
Wei) sent a man to Khoung-tseu to know his news. Khoung-tseu
caused the messenger to be seated near him, and questioned him in
these terms: What is your master doing? The messenger answered
with respect: My master desires to diminish the number of his faults,
but he cannot come to the end of them. The messenger being gone,
the philosopher remarked: What a worthy messenger! What a worthy
Shams and delusions are esteemed for soundest truths, while reality
is fabulous. If men would steadily observe realities only, and not
allow themselves to be deluded, life, to compare it with such things
as we know, would be like a fairy tale and the Arabian Nights’ Entertainments.
Look at a meeting-house, or a court-house, or a jail, or a shop, or a
dwelling-house, and say what that thing really is before a true gaze,
and they would all go to pieces in your account of them.
(Walden, from Ch. ‘Where I Lived, And What I Lived For’)

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