Many moons ago I read Walden; or, life in the woods by Henry David Thoreau and to be honest his 19th century style of prose, back then, left my brain numb!!
Well Im now re-reading this master and thought over the next few weeks I'd share with you his better statements and thoughts .............
it would be some advantage to live a primitive and frontier life, though in the midst of an outward civilization, if only to learn what are the gross necessaries of life and what methods have been taken to obtain them;
for the improvements of ages have had but little influence on the essential laws of man's existance, as our skeletons, probably, are not to be distinguished from those of our ancestors
the necessaries of life for man in this climate may, accurately enough, be distributed under the several heads of food, shelter, clothing, and fuel, for not till we have secured these are we prepared to entertain the true problem of life with freedom and a prospect of success. man has invented, not only houses, but clothes and cooked food, and possibly from the accidental discovery of the warmth of fire, and the consequent use of it, at first a luxury, arose the present necessity to by it.
every day our garments become more assimilated to ourselves, receiving the impress of the wearer's character
the head monkey at paris puts on a traveller's cap, and all the monkeys in america do the same (or the head bushcraft monkey on the popular medium puts on a bushcraft "whatever", and all the bushcraft monkeys do the same!)
More to follow.