Today is the birthday of Henry David Thoreau. Born in 1817 he is one of the biggest names in the early environmentalist movement as well as writing and living the philosophy of Civil Disobedience. His ideas influence many great leaders, including Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” Henry David Thoreau
To live simply and honestly, following your personal moral convictions rather than going along with the crowd, is a feat to be celebrated. Not just in Thoreau’s day but in our time too.
Don’t be afraid to be different, be more afraid of being false.
- Post adressed to Henry David Thoreau (beatrizbhl.wordpress.com)
- Henry David Thoreau, Edward Snowden: On Heroes, Traitors and Cowards (davidhansardblog.wordpress.com)
- Two quotes: Too different feelings (mothernatureisaman.com)
- “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” (themarlincompany.com)
- Happy Birthday, Thoreau: The Beloved Transcendentalist on Friendship, Sympathy, and Animal Consciousness (brainpickings.org)
- Walk to a nearby ‘holy land’ (thehindu.com)