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"I took up my abode in the woods … on Independence Day, or the Fourth of July..."/ Henry D. Thoreau on learning "to reawaken, and to be alive"

  • 1.  "I took up my abode in the woods … on Independence Day, or the Fourth of July..."/ Henry D. Thoreau on learning "to reawaken, and to be alive"

    Posted 04-07-2021 10:24 AM
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    Dear colleagues,

     

    On the 4th of July, 1845, Henry David Thoreau, environmentalist, writer, and teacher, went to live alone, in the woods, having left the "dusty highways of the world, its deep ruts of tradition and conformity."

    Eventually, he would come back to people, having realized something by his two-year experiment.  

    On Independence Day, now, why not remember Thoreau's words to describe this?

    "We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake … to be alive […]
    If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined … he will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him."

     

    The text, from Thoreau's Walden (attached), is part of some materials I give my students, to read and discuss, in terms of cultural values, and meanings of, and behind words; such as Independence.

    In the light of our recent experience, from environmental concerns, through the pandemic-related restrictions, and to passing some "invisible boundary', it might provide new insights into the way we live now.  

    Hope you might find this inspiring as well!

     

    Best regards,

     

    Lala Sadykhova, PhD

    Moscow, Russia

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    Lala Sadykhova
    Russian Federation
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