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Question # 8

March 24, 2016 | Author: | Posted in geography, nature

Title : Where I Lived and What I Lived For

Thesis : With the woods serving as church and pulpit , Thoreau creates organic religious rituals Each morning Thoreau claims to bathe in the river outside his cabin This early morning ritual , aligned with the obvious Christian and pagan influence , marks the centering of his thoughts for the day . His preparation for the sermon he will share with us

He questions the life he sees everyone leading . What should we think of the shepard ‘s life if his flocks always wandered to higher pastures [banner_entry_middle]

than his thoughts (73 ? He implores us to question these ideals ourselves . If we all gave up building the tracks and improved our sense of self – we would no longer care if the railroads ran or not (76 Thoreau practices what he preaches , how to live deliberately (75 and he implores each of us to the same

Walt Whitman also searched for the divine – the purpose of being . Much like Thoreau , he did not value money or esteem . Whitman ‘s heart bled for the men of the Civil War as surely as they bled on the ground

Alan Ginsberg also strove to understand was good and true for the individual over masses . The very nature of beatnik poetry and jazz music is to do what moves you – individual movements , single notes of sound

The common thread through all of these is the questioning of what is right and wrong for the individual , rather than everyone as a cookie-cutter whole . Question rather than accept things blindly

Thoreau ‘s search is definitely the most religious in nature . He goes to that river every morning . He prepares himself for the truths that he knows will come every day . God himself culminates in the present moment , and will never be more divine in the lapse of all the ages (80


Thoreau , H . D (1992 . Walden . New York : Barnes and Noble Books , 67-81… [banner_entry_footer]

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