WALDEN (LIFE IN THE WOODS) - HENRY DAVID THOREAU | AUDIOBOOK PT1.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), essayist, poet, practical philosopher, transcendentalist. Thoreau was one of the most powerful and influential writers America has produced. His prose style was unequaled. And although only a small part of his work was published in his short lifetime, he was a prolific writer whose collected works filled twenty volumes when collected in 1906. The publication of his journal of over two million words in 1906, the first time an American author had his journal published in full, showed the recognition afforded him by his publisher, Houghton Mifflin.
When Thoreau died, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in his eulogy: “The country knows not yet, or in the least part, how great a son it has lost. . . . His soul was made for the noblest society; he had in a short life exhausted the capabilities of this world; wherever there is knowledge, wherever there is virtue, wherever there is beauty, he will find a home.”
“We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and Titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder cloud, and the rain which lasts three weeks and produces freshets. We need to witness our own limits transgressed, and some life pasturing freely where we never wander.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
“I suppose that what in other men is religion is in me love of nature.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
“Can there not be a government in which the majorities do not virtually decide right and wrong, but conscience? . . . Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience, then?”
~ Henry David Thoreau (from essay: "Civil Disobedience"
WALDEN and ON THE DUTY OF CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE (free read):
Behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner wrote Walden Two, a utopian novel (1948).
Walden Two is controversial because its characters speak of a rejection of free will, including a rejection of the proposition that human behavior is controlled by a non-corporeal entity, such as a spirit or a soul. Walden Two embraces the proposition that the behavior of organisms, including humans, is determined by environmental variables, and that systematically altering environmental variables can generate a sociocultural system that very closely approximates utopia.
🍀 Free ebook Walden Two: bit.ly/WALDENTWOSKINNER
Skinner in Walden Two 'eliminates' free will and the soul, utopia becomes a technocratic distopia:
“It is a mistake to suppose that the whole issue is how to free man. The issue is to improve the way in which he is controlled.”
― B.F. Skinner, Walden Two
Technocracy And Education (Patrick Wood from Technocracy & Trends):
COMPARING AND CONTRASTING THE FREEDOM OF THE INHABITANTS OF BRAVE NEW WORLD AND WALDEN TWO. TO WHAT EXTENT ARE THEY SIMILAR OR DIFFERENT? – WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
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