As for Doing-good, that is one of the professions which are full. Moreover, I have tried it fairly, and, strange as it may seem, am satisfied that it does not agree with my constitution. (Thoreau- “Fallacy of Philanthropy” Walden)
“I would not subtract anything from the praise that is due to philanthropy, but merely demand justice for all who by their lives and works are a blessing to mankind…”-Thoreau
Often times philanthropy is over praised. In Walden Thoreau describes how people should learn to help themselves,many people who need immediate help should get help. People nowadays want to do good, for them, but not for others. They don't necessarily help those who need help, but those who want help. In the chapter “Fallacy of Philanthropy” Thoreau talks about the flaws in “Good-Doing”. He says people need to help themselves, rather than get un-needed help.
What Thoreau is trying to say here is helping people and philanthropy is a job that many people already do. He says he has tried it, but it is not something he agreed with. He believed, as previously mentioned, that people should help themselves. Most people are poor because of how they spend the wrong things, like alcohol and drugs. He didn't believe in not helping those in desperate need however. If someone needs help, for say drowning, then they shall get help, but those who can help the,selves should. Thoreau's view on philanthropy were very radical and some may not agree, but this is only one view he had.
Simplify, simplify, simplify.-Thoreau
Life is much simpler then one may think. Many material things that you have, you do not actually need, and Thoreau describes this in the first chapter of Walden, "Economy". Things such as a fancy vase or a new pair of clothes, is not something you need. These things often bring more stress than pleasure. Thoreau writes about this very much in his chapter "Economy" in Walden. He says people think they need a house like their neighbors, when really you don't.
Like shipwrecked sailors, they put on what they can find on the beach, and at a little distance, whether of space or time, laugh at each other's masquerade. Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new…(Thoreau Walden "Economy")
What Thoreau is saying, is that people laugh at others clothing, but follow what will soon be laughed at. In reality clothes are clothes; Even the simplest clothes do just as much as more "fashionable" clothes. Many people could save money by living simpler and not buying expensive clothes that won't do anything more than the simplest article of clothing. This applies for other things as well. You do not need a fancy vase, or a signed baseball. They may be important, and something you cherish, but if they bring you stress if stolen or broken, why have it?In a world of overly expensive things, one needs to realize, that most of the things you spend money on, are useless. Thoreau tries to send this message in "Economy".
“As for Doing-good, that is one of the professions which are full. Moreover, I have tried it fairly, and, strange as it may seem, am satisfied that it does not agree with my constitution.”
In the chapter "Fallacy of Philanthropy" in Walden, Thoreau talks about the flaws in good doing. Thoreau describes, in the quote above, how helping people is not something he agrees with. Thoreau believes those who can help themselves should, and only those who need immediate help, should get help. “Be sure that you give the poor the aid they most need, though it be your example which leaves them far behind.” Thoreau also says only give the poor what they need most. The whole chapter of "Economy" is about the necessities of life. Thoreau shows how you do not need so much to live, so people should not be so poor. Most people are poor nowadays because they get money and spend it on things they don't need. That is why Thoreau say to only give the poor what they need.
Liverpool plays Real Madrid tonight at Anfeild in the Champions League group stage! Due a buttocks Injury, Real Madrid will play without their 100 million euro man, Gareth Bale. Luckily, they have a world class replacement in Isco. His creativity has influenced the team recently, and he managed to score a goal vs. Levante. Liverpool will be playing without Daniel Sturridge, who is arguably their best player.
Home field advantage plays a major role in this fixture. Ronaldo was recently said Anfield is the hardest stadium he has played at. Madrid, however, has the best scoring record away from home.
Liverpool will probably start with a 4-5-1 formation that will look like this.
Johnson Skrtel Lovren Enrique
Henderson Gerrard Allen
Real will probably line up will look something like this in a 4-3-3 formation.
Carvajal Pepe Nacho Marcelo
Modric Kroos James
Isco Hernandez Ronaldo
Real Madrid will be missing there best center back, Sergio Ramos, and his replacement Varane. The back up for that, is the inexperienced Nacho Fernandez. It should be a great game but I think the score will be 4-1 to Real Madrid.
“The swiftest traveller is he that goes afoot.” In the chapter Money and Work from walden, Thoreau ponders about work. He describes how you should work for what you need not what you want. Thoreau describes how him and a friend could get to Fitchburg faster. Thoreau decided to go by foot, and his friend by train. His friend worked all day to afford a train ticket. By the time his friend got to Fitchburg, Thoreau had been there for a while. This is a main point in the chapter, you don't need a ton to live. Thoreau claims he only has to work 6 weeks a year to get what he needs for the year. One thing I some what agree with is how Thoreau doesn't believe in helping the poor, he believed that they should help themselves. In agree that people who can help themselves should, but people who cannot should be able to get help. Thoreau built his house for only around 25 dollars, which most could afford if they worked for what they need. Another point he had in this chapter in which you don't need many things. Why should you have a antique or object that brings you stress. If you have a vase that you were worried of it getting broken, why have it?
Like a Birds Nest
In this day and age, if you had a leak, you would not try and fix it, you would hire someone to do it. Thoreau described this in "The Experiment", how he built a house himself, unlike many, who would simply but a house already made. “There is some of the same fitness in a man's building his own house that there is in a bird's building its own nest.” You should get what you build, he describes. A bird builds it's nest, shouldn't man build his home. The other day my dad grinded out the chimney himself, unlike most who would hire someone to do it. People have lost the sense on "figuring it out". You may not get it the first time, but no one will. Thoreau built his house cheaply but well, as well. People these days don't realize that new does not mean better, it normally means more expensive. Just because his materials were recycled didn't mean that they were not good. Another similar scenario was when we were building a hearth, we built it ourselves and used recycled materials, and it looks brand new. People need to learn to figure it out
That's so Mainstream
In "Clothing" in Walden, Thoreau describes how you need. Clothing, it is a necessity, but fashion really does not matter. You could get up and put on anything, and it should not matter, “Like shipwrecked sailors, they put on what they can find on the beach, and at a little distance, whether of space or time, laugh at each other's masquerade. Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new…”. We should listen here, because fashion does not really matter. We might laugh at clothing in the 80's, but, in essence, they all do the same thing. He almost says, you should not be criticized on attire because one attire does no more than another. “I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.” He also describes in this chapter that new and old clothes will serve equally as well. Why do something that requires new clothing, if your old clothes will do. In summary, new clothes and fashionable clothes do not do more than old clothes, they all have the same purpose
"Ouch!" I scream. The aforementioned pain occurred last week at Acton medical. I trudged into the doctors office tensely. While I sitting I heard "Charles? Unhappy, I got up and lumbered over To the dull room. I awkwardly undressed and waited ten long minutes. Doctor Jakimsik strolled right and proceeded the physical. At the end he explained I would have to get one shot. A minute later a middle aged nurse told me to roll up my sleeves coldly. I cautiously rolled up my sleeve and she prepared the dreaded vaccination. She meandered over and I closed my eyes. A sudden pinch occurred in my left arm, and then my arm went limp. Luckily she gave a bandaid to make my "boo boo" feel better.
Shots are only one of the reasons I hate the doctors however. One thing I hate is when they tell you to get undressed, even those it has very little relevance, and also, they tell you to get undressed, 10 minutes before the doctor even arrives. I also hate it when they nag you about drinking right when you get up in the mornings. I see what they mean but I hate drinking right when I get up cause it has a bad after taste.
Although I might not like check ups, we should all be grateful to even just have them, because many people cannot.
Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.