Thoreau was not only a occasional hermit and nature lover, but also had a word or two to say about the state and politics.
True patriots, according to Thoreau, is not the ones who blindly follows the administration but instead their own consciousness and the principle of reason. This went contrary to the then held belief the minority should shut up and respect administration the majority had selected.
📝 “We should be men first and subjects afterward.”
📝“The more money the less virtue” and “The best thing a man can do for his culture when he is rich is to endeavor to carry out those schemes which he entertained when he was poor”. I should remember this once the Benjamin’s start rolling in! 💵 😎
📝 “In an unjust society the only place for a virtuous man is in prison.” Thoreau spent one night in jail for not paying his to poll tax. He is quite proud of this. Almost childishly so. 😂
📝 “Anyone in a free society where the laws are unjust has an obligation to break the law.”
A quick and thought provoking read, but If you have limited time for Thoreau indulgence then you can skip this one and focus on Walden which is more of a timeless classic.
⭐️ Takeaway: A persons character should be determined by his\her actions rather words.
When did you take action for a cause instead of just talking?? 🤔
Find other fascinating books in my reading lists!
#5 “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer
Christopher McCandles was found dead in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness in 1992. He had left society and family behind, burned his money (literary) and set off on a journey to find the true essence of life, far away from job security, conformity and a monotonous middle class existence.
——- WHY THIS BOOK? ———
It’s a incredible story that stays with you long after you turned the last page.
————— IMPACT —————
Apart from forcing me to ask myself a lot of questions about how life ought to be lived, it also introduced me to the author Jon Krakauer. I have now started my third book by him, “Under the Banner of Heaven”, and earlier this year I read his Everest-book “Into Thin Air”. Good stuff!
Have you read any Krakauer books?
Find more over here: Favorite Books of 2017
I did a “favorites of 2016” last year on my instagram and I thought it would be a good addtion to my blog. Good book recommendations are always relevant, right? The list for 2017 is coming soon butthese books sure are worthy gifts for loved ones this holiday season!
Favorite Books of 2016 – Self-Discovery
“The Bhagavad Gita” – Translated and introduced by Eknath Easwaran (Audio / Paperback)
One of my many takeaways from Nassim Nikolas Talebs book “Antifragile” was to read original material and books that stood the test of time. So I did just that and it turned out to be pretty sound advice. I naively thought it would be tough to enjoy books from hundreds of years ago, because old school writing styles, but thanks to modern translations I found it to be quite the opposite.
One book that stood out to me was “The Bhagavad Gita”, translated and introduced by Eknath Easwaran. After seeing this ancient Hindu scripture being referenced in more than six of the books I read this year, covering very different subjects, I’d decided to give it a shot. It was well worth it and you can find my “review” of it in my feed. What really stuck with me was the concept of detachment from outcome. “Only the one who is utterly engaged and utterly detached is able to live life fully.”
Read the full list with all it’s categories here!