What H.D.Thoreau beautifully writes in Walden, Dr. Samuel Alexander poignantly expresses in this Subtle Disruptors PODCAST interview by Adam Murray [refer podcast link below]. Dr Alexander is a modern day Thoreau, inspiring and teaching the wisdoms of slow living, in a contemporary context.
Us RUDE Guys suggest that you download this podcast, as it is over an hour long. You will then be able to listen to it at your convenience or leisure.
RUDE Girl is currently re-reading an 1886 publication of Walden [refer book’s image at top of blog post]. With my interest in textiles, garments and mending, it’s interesting to note that Thoreau devoted five and a half pages, in the first chapter titled Economy, to clothing.
I had a chuckle that even back in the mid 1800s corporations were viewed by Thoreau to be enriching themselves!
“I cannot belief that our factory system is the best mode by which men may get clothing. The condition of the operatives is becoming every day more like that of the English; and it cannot be wondered at, since, as far as I have heard or observed, the principal object is, not that mankind may be well and honestly glad, but, unquestionably, that the corporations may be enriched.” Walden, H.D.Thoreau, Walter Scott Publisher, 1886, pg 25.
A couple of days ago, I travelled by train to visit a friend from my childhood. I was engrossed in reading Walden, but on looking up I noticed a lot of commuters on their iphones. I made a note to myself to keep doing different, and take time out from technology. Us RUDE Guys will continue to go slow through the haste.
If you have not yet listened to RUDE Girl speak with Adam Murray about our frugal lifestyle in the suburbs here is the link to my PODCAST interview with him. This podcast too, is over an hour in length, so consider downloading it for listening at your convenience or leisure.
Henry Thoreau invites us to see things in Walden. That according to A.G.Grayling is what an education should be about. Beat The Man!