Thoreau Round-table in cooperation with the Thoreau Society and the Center for American Studies

Date: 
July 8, 2015 - 10:00am
Location: 
Thoreau Farm, 341 Virginia Road

THE  THOREAU  WE  DO  NOT  YET  KNOW ? 

 ~ ROUND-TABLE, WED, JULY 8: 10 AM, THOREAU FARM, 341 VIRGINIA RD ~ 

 

PRESENTED BY THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN STUDIES AT CONCORD IN COOPERATION WITH THE THOREAU SOCIETY

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What, friends, do the following words by Thoreau (and company) have to offer our own labors in this remarkable time in which we find ourselves? Your angles of vision are most welcome.

 “ ‘Says I to myself’ should be the motto of my journals.”  ~ Henry David Thoreau, Journal, Nov. 11, 1851

   “I am not without hope that we may, even here and now, obtain some accurate information concerning that OTHER WORLD, which the instinct of mankind has so long predicted…. Surely we are provided with senses as well fitted to penetrate the spaces of the real, the substantial, the eternal, as these outward are to penetrate the material universe.”  ~ Thoreau, A Week on The Concord & Merrimack Rivers

 SHORTER VERSION ABOVE, LONGER CONTINUES BELOW.

 “Nothing will dignify and elevate science while it is sundered so wholly from the moral life of its devotee.”  

~ Thoreau, Journal, May 6, 1851 

“When reason is stimulated to more earnest vision, outlines and surfaces become transparent and are no longer seen. Causes and spirits are seen through them.”  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature, “Idealism”

“The genius is the scientist or geographer for the supersensible regions and will design a map for the new supersensible areas.”  ~ Emerson, Representative Men 

“A good fruit of the day's philosophy would be some analysis of the various applications of the infinite soul [spirit] to aesthetics, to metaphysics, to ethics, to physics, and so show…. the present movement in the American mind.” ~ Emerson, Journal, 6/13/1838

   The splitting of the atom has changed everything, save our mode of thinking and thus we drift toward an unparalleled catastrophe…. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.”  

~ Albert Einstein 

“As a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene .... No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life.”  ~ Albert Einstein 

“In an altered age we worship the dead forms of our forefathers. The world holds onto a formal Christianity, and nobody dares to talk about the heart of Christianity, for fear of shocking.”   ~ Emerson, JMN 4:27 

“It is wonderful, wonderful, the unceasing demand that Christendom makes on you that you speak from a moral point of view.. Though you be a babe, the cry is, Repent, repent. The Christian world will not admit that a man has a just perception of any truth, unless at the same time he cries, ‘Lord be merciful to me a sinner.’ ”  ~  Thoreau, Journal, Dec. 20, 1851. “I have met few men who have a genius for Christianity.” Does anyone know the source?