Posted in: ENG 300 Choate RH 2017 I think Thoreau is making a powerful point about doing the most you can do. He is acknowledging that different people have different potentials, and we must let everyone live up to their own potential. This speaks to class, race, and intellectual inequalities, and the message is still […]
Posted in: ENG 300 Choate RH 2017 I believe he is acknowledging that he was making "a beaten track" and he wanted to avoid it. I think this extends beyond just Thoreau because humans in general like routine, and we must actively avoid routine to live the "several more lives" we have to live. To […]
Posted in: ENG 300 Choate RH 2017 Perhaps it is instead the fact that Thoreau finds the issues that older philosophers were studying were more thoughtful and meaningful than the issues of contemporary philosophers. Perhaps though, there were more deep issues that needed to be answered earlier on, leaving later philosophers to grapple with less thoughtful issues.