Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Where I Lived and What I Lived for by Henry David Thoreau

 Thoreau, H. (2011). Where I lived and what I lived for. In S. Cohen (Ed.) , 50 Essays (pp. 403-409). Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's

What I got from the reading was; to live life to the fullest, to have only what you need in life in proportion, and not to waste time on unimportant things. A lot of Thoreau's ideas were hard to understand. The language of the writing seemed old, then come to find out, the author was from the 1800s. The flow of the writing made if hard for me to keep interested. But a lot of his topics connected with my blog's topic. On the last paragraph Thoreau had a quote I really liked. “Time is but the stream I go fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away but eternity remains." I think this could relate to the internet and shallow it can be. You can look up anything imaginable and receive thousands of hits on that topic but the information usually isn’t that in depth. Also the internet has a lot of pointless things you can waste your time on, like stupid videos on youtube. A lot of the videos there you could have lived your life without have seen and it wouldn’t have made a difference.  

1 comment:

  1. I like that quote too and your application of it to today's technology.