Such a profound proclamation of human existence by such a wise man. I have tried it again and again. On the surface it may seem nice, travelling to scenic places like Florida or Hawaii, drinking at nice bars and eating at nice places. Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors. Only the character of the hearer determines to which it shall be open, and to which closed.
It requires a training such as the athletes underwent, the steady intention almost of the whole life to this object. Yet, for my part, I was never unusually squeamish; I could sometimes eat a fried rat with a good relish, if it were necessary. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. What is the value of any political freedom, but as a means to moral freedom? The sun is but a morning star. A farmer, a hunter, a soldier, a reporter, even a philosopher, may be daunted; but nothing can deter a poet, for he is actuated by pure love.
We only fall into quiet desperation, or worse yet, resignation, when we give up hope. Talk to God and find his love. Most of the people Bradley knew, however, had not been so lucky. A great number of people were simply resigned to living their lives in the same manner as their parents, doing the same jobs, and passing their misery to the next generation. Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it. This would be the Bible, or Book of Books, which let the missionaries carry to the uttermost parts of the earth. Perhaps the facts most astounding and most real are never communicated by man to man.
Every nail driven should be as another rivet in the machine of the universe, you carrying on the work. But this should have availed him little, if he had not been at the same time copiously endowed with the of recording what he imbibed. For now, let us concentrate on why being desperate or resigned to our fate is a less than desirable state of affairs. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will. Most with whom you endeavor to talk soon come to a stand against some institution in which they appear to hold stock, — that is, some particular, not universal, way of viewing things. Its obligation, therefore, never exceeds that of expediency. I have walked into such an arena and done my best to make a clean breast of what religion I have experienced, and the audience never suspected what I was about.
If I should sell both my forenoons and afternoons to society, as most appear to do, I am sure that for me there would be nothing left worth living for. It seems there is no single people. But the truth blows right on over it, nevertheless, and at length blows it down. I like sometimes to take rank hold on life and spend my day more as the animals do. This is neither to be censured nor regretted.
I, on the other hand, am not afraid and I will not conceal who I am: I will lead a life of loud desperation. Shall the mind be a public arena, where the affairs of the street and the gossip of the tea-table chiefly are discussed? But a low and smooth shore proves him shallow on that side. Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads. You will pay the same price for all products and services, and your purchase helps support this online space. For those who have been there, what did it take to break out of the trance, to believe you could be free? I personally feel quiet desperation trying to hold on to a woman, more than once.
Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? They would prefer that I should do my work coarsely and not too well, ay, not well enough. We can never have enough of nature. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundry; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. Before printing was discovered, a century was equal to a thousand years. Find a way to believe.
Thoreau asserts that the mass of people are of the second type, but he does not present any evidence for this bold claim. They are rare in the history of the world. After all, the practical reason why, when the power is once in the hands of the people, a majority are permitted, and for a long period continue, to rule, is not because they are most likely to be in the right, nor because this seems fairest to the minority, but because they are physically the strongest. And one of the many great things about Big Little Lies is that it allows these women to occupy this traditionally male character trope. No day will have been wholly misspent, if one sincere, thoughtful page has been written. 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; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. I plead not for his life, but for his character — his immortal life; and so it becomes your cause wholly, and is not his in the least.