Sunday, March 27, 2011

Being More Thoreau

Two weeks ago I visited the site of Henry David Thoreau's shack on Walden pond with a good friend of mine.  A small vacation in Seattle means that you don't see the images until now, but I didn't figure that anyone would mind the wait.

I am incredibly interested in the persona of Thoreau.  The man stated that he thought that the working man was miserable and that you should just go do whatever helps you subsist.  Interesting in theory I suppose, but it does seem relatively impossible in this day and age.  And also, it is worth noting that while he inhabited the cabin, friends would bring him food and drink.  He was not completely living off of the land, no, he was really just avoiding the tax man.  I think that in late March and early April a lot of us can kind of appreciate that mentality.

But the way that I have been thinking of Thoreau is as an icon.  He is an icon of thinking above work and of attempting to experience things to the fullest as an individual.  These are things that I feel my wooden block project is starting to hint at, so I decided to share my blocks with Mr Thoreau.  I am sure that he approved:

This working outdoors thing is pretty cool.  Not quite used to it yet, and really trying to keep out of my own way creatively lately but we will see what happens.  Talk with you later.

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