People, despite their wealth, do not endure; they are like the beasts that perish.
וְאָדָם בִּיקָר בַּל־יָלִין נִמְשַׁל כַּבְּהֵמֹות נִדְמֽוּ׃
Do not be overawed when others grow rich, when the splendour of their houses increases;
אַל־תִּירָא כִּֽי־יַעֲשִׁר אִישׁ כִּֽי־יִרְבֶּה כְּבֹוד בֵּיתֹֽו׃
for they will take nothing with them when they die, their splendour will not descend with them.
כִּי לֹא בְמֹותֹו יִקַּח הַכֹּל לֹא־יֵרֵד אַחֲרָיו כְּבֹודֹֽו׃Psalm 49:12, 16–17
They have more of a right to help those who are in need, suffering, and without resources.
They have more of a right to help the poor, homeless, and hungry.
They have more of a right to help stop violence, war, and genocide.
They have more of a right to help stop pollution and protect the environment.
They, we, do have more rights, don’t you think?
Message or comment to add what rights you think the wealthy are entitled to, and what you’re doing to help make our world a better place. – I’ll add it to the list.
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 ““Walking”: A somewhat poetic summary”