An argument that people should not permit governments to overrule their consciences, and that people have a duty to avoid allowing such acquiescence to enable the government to make them the agents... More > of injustice.< Less
Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862) was an American poet, author, and transcendentalist who is best known for his book Walden; or, Life in the Woods (1854).
In Walden, Thoreau accounts for his two... More > years spent in a little cabin near Walden Pond, where he lived a self-reliant, solitary, and contemplative existence in accord with nature and his soul. He went on walks, grew a fine neck beard, and wrote one of the cornerstones of transcendentalist literature. His work is a celebration of the unity of nature and an exploration of humanity and the divine - ideals which form the basis of transcendentalism. Transcendentalism is the movement that champions simplicity, solitude, and living in accord with nature. For literary reasons, Thoreau condensed his 26 months spent at Walden into one year, which began and ended in Spring. It took him seven years to complete, a time during which he assiduously honed and reworked his manuscript, which were based on his own journals.< Less
Walking is Thoreau's essay that champions the simple act of taking stroll through Nature. It has become one of the most important essays in the environmental movement, and is a portable guide to the... More > most basic act which man do to witness the 'absolute freedom and wildness' of nature. Thoreau also uses an experience from his own life to represent a personal account in nature, more specifically his experiences while walking into the forest near his property. Eco-social politics can be seen in this essay when Thoreau analyzes building development as a taming and cheapening of the landscape. Thoreau brings the reader into a spiritual realm when he associates the divinity of nature and the spirit of walking with Christianity and Greek Mythology. In addition, when describing the Mississippi River, Thoreau describes the river as a kind of enchanted Holy Land.< Less