Monday, May 14, 2012

Living Sustainably in 1845

'There is some of the same fitness in a man's building his own house that there is in a bird's building it's own nest. Who knows but if men constructed their dwellings with their own hands, and provided food for themselves and families simply and honestly enough, the poetic faculty would be universally developed, as birds universally sing when they are so engaged? ... Shall we forever resign the pleasure of construction to the carpenter? What does architecture amount to in the experience of the mass of men?' - Excerpt from Waldon by Henry David Thoreau

In 1845, Henry David Thoreau embarked on a two-year journey of simple living, where he moved to a small, self-built house, around the shores of Walden Pond. The land was owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson, who was a friend and mentor to him. Henry David Thoreau's book, 'Walden', is an exploration of how simple one person could live. It looks at things in ideal terms and works them into his way of life. I highly recommend checking out his book. To read the book online click here. Enjoy!

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