Henry David Thoreau, “Walking,” from the Thoreau Reader. A somewhat poetic summary.
Words for Nature, absolute Freedom, and Wilderness.
Man as an inhabitant, part and parcel of nature.
Come sauntering: à la sainte terre. Not idly or as a vagabond.
All the earth is our home; sitting idly in a house makes you a vagrant.
Come sauntering, as a crusade, reconquer this holy land from the infidels.
A faint-hearted crusade… but only if you are ready to leave all behind,
Then you will be ready for a walk. Continue reading