Henry’s view of the world has always been so clearly aligned with my own, I never realized that their are many others who do not care for him one bit.
What follows below is a recently published essay about Henry from an author who clearly does not share my respect for the man – cantankerous as he might have been. The post also contains a few well written responses from members of the Thoreau Society hoping to provide some clarity, context and a critique of the author’s research shortcomings.
No, Henry is not for everyone. He never intended to be then and wouldn’t want to be now. As famously stated in Apple’s ‘Think Different’ campaign, it’s is the ’round pegs in the square holes, the rebels, the outcasts, that change the world.”
Henry’s existence in Concord during the mid 1800’s likely caused little more than a ripple on the fabric of the community at the time. However, there is no question that the thoughts he captured on paper have certainly changed our world today – if only by inspiring one or another of us to walk more confidently in the direction of our dreams.
Like the odd-tasting soda I mentioned in my headline, Henry is peculiar. While everyone around him was looking up to the heavens for guidance and inspiration, Henry focused his attention downward on what ‘is’ all around us rather than what we imagine or what we are told to ‘believe’ to be true.
Trouble is, when people focus on what’s inside, and all around them, they often don’t like what they see. I guess that’s why some people are left with a bad taste in their mouth trying to abide by Henry’s train of thought. Reality can quite often be a very tough pill to swallow.
Why Thoreau Matters – The Atlantic http://www.theatlantic.com/notes/all/2015/10/why-thoreau-matters/412801/#note-412819 (Share from CM Browser)