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Peace and Quiet, as valueable as gold!
Peace and Quiet, as valueable as gold!
Song of the day: Nowhere man ‒ Beatles
Followed by: Don’t let the sun go down on me ‒ Sir Elton John
“I went to the wood because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life. And see if I could not learn what it had to teach. And not, when I came to die discover that I had not lived.“ H.D. Thoreau
When Thoreau was living by Walden Pond in 1846, America was at war with Mexico, and the Donner party was freezing their butts off, and worse, in the Sierra Nevada’s. Thoreau built his cabin for $28.12 ½ about $300.00 dollars by today’s money. No bad I wish I could build a cabin for to live in for two years for $300.00 bucks. The cabin was about 10 by 14 feet, with a small storage cellar under the floor.
I often wish I could run away and build a cabin near a lake or the ocean. Take some classic books, writing materials, and food. The quiet would be so nice, the sound of the wind through the trees and over the water. Creatures coming to get a drink, and birds gathering twigs and such, would give plenty to watch during the day. Walking and running in clear air, where the day is day, and the nights actually get dark. Where if you look hard enough you can see the stars really are different colors.
I would modify my cabin differently than Thoreau had his. I would have a sleeping and a storage loft, loft to increase living space. I would also use a wood stove over a fireplace, easier to build around, and much more efficient. Simple solar and battery set up would supply 10 hours of light daily, if not hook a generator to a stationary bike.
Just be nice to have no demands or responsibilities, you can live, and you can breathe. I often mentally retreat to the ocean, or to a cabin. I am not the type to be lonely when alone. Maybe when one knows they have a place to go and belong, they see life very differently.
I can only think of being lonely but never alone as the worst hell there can be. Fire and brimstone can be tolerated when you have reason or people to endure it for. How can one live walking through a sea of faces, and not see a friendly one? You speak, and you know their ears work, but you are still not heard. You speak as clear as you can to be understood, but find the hall was empty all along. Worse yet you trust someone who turns your very being into their opportunity? Not only are you then unheard, you are used as well. Do we expect too much from fellow humans? Are we afraid of the “sharks” biting us that we do not get our feet wet, so we all live lonelier? Are we safer alone?
Funny when you observe some people who treat themselves like celebrities, talking to everyone as if they center the earth. Are not celebrities some of the most misunderstood and lonely people out there? Celebrity marriages seem to be short-lived, and more damaging than helpful. Are the celebrities setting the trend or mirroring society?
When the simple things can make your day. Like someone holds a place for you in traffic so you can go. A simple pat on the shoulder, a small yet sincere compliment, when nothing is expected in return. So many people so little acknowledgement to go around.
Is the population growing too much that we are not only running out of tangible goods, and we are running out of "interpersonal" goods for each other?
10/26/2005 6:49 pm
solitude and temporary loneliness are useful to some|
everyday loneliness of the soul is the enemy in my opinion
it's a simple problem on the surface ... our fears isolate us ... we value things too much instead of valuing people
without much thought we dehumanize ourselves ... the reasons are complicated
is dehumanization because of technology ... i think blogging is very humanizing
is it the loss of our ethnic ceremonies ... the loss of myth integration
is it because we are waking from the mind numbing effects of religion without suitable answers for our questions and hence our fears
S'io credesse che mia risposta fosse
A persona che mai tornasse al mondo,
Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse.
Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo
Non torno vivo alcun, s'i'odo il vero,
Senza tema d'infamia ti rispondo.
10/26/2005 8:07 pm
We should all ponder these things more.....|
10/27/2005 12:10 pm
Glad to see you are back, hope you gathering went well! Yes I agree, good point we do often dehumanize ourselves... I need to think this over more..
THanks for stopping by, always good to see you!
10/27/2005 7:20 pm
my first thought was did he come to new york recently lol then I thought oh he's talking about the human condition I agree with philo|
it is a good post
10/28/2005 6:42 am
would love to have my own cabin to run away too...|
I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.
Henry David Thoreau
10/28/2005 1:19 pm
I have heard that NY can be a concrete jungle not for the faint of heart.
Another Thoreau reader! most excellent!