Thoreau here sets a high ideal for a walk in the good sense. It is not a walk through the city. It is not a walk on the highway which connects rural farmers with the nearby town. It is a directionless walk in the woods, following not track or trail. The point here I take it is that taking a route from point to point with a plan and purpose is not what Thoreau has in mind. A walk in the good sense must be a thing in itself, whole as simply a walk that is a walk and nothing more. Any purpose or intent violates the purity of the thing itself. If we are guided by intents and purposes we will not hear the poem that is the song of creation. The society of main street will be too much with us for our ears to listen.
Are there going to be discussions on walking here? Like Walden?
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April 23, 2018 at 4:52 am
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