45 thoughts on “POLITICAL THEORY – Henry David Thoreau

  1. Half the reason I came here was to learn how to pronounce his damn last name. The other half is because I have an APUSH exam coming up

  2. The part about his direction to "be authentic" , there is a big problem with that. Authentic implies "real" or something outside of other influences. However this personality itself is created over years from the interactions with things and mostly people that aren't you. Another problem is what someone realizes that on the inside their "authentic" self is which we call by most objective standards "evil". Maybe someone who fantasizes about murdering people, torturing animals, destroying something, etc. No one should accept that kind of "authenticity". What I mean is that there isn't such a thing as the real "authentic self"

  3. Thoreau's political theory was his spiritual theory: "Every man is the Lord of a realm beside which the earthly empire of the Czar is but a petty state," . . .
    whereby we learn and practice "the economy of living . . . the art of life".

  4. Interesting philosophy. But I kinda liked it better when Tyler Durden said it. "F#ck off with your stripped pattern sofas. I say NEVER BE COMPLETE, I SAY STOP BEING PERFECT, I SAY LETS EVEOLVE AND LET THE CHIPS FALL WHERE THEY MAY. "

  5. blah blah blah blah blah?
    blah blah blah #blah
    lol blah blah blah 😉
    Best part of this entire video LMAO.

  6. Weird how life has come full circle. Refused to read and fully comprehend his writings in school. Currently reading Walden out of school and actually enjoying it

  7. "The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
    not Thoreau

  8. Thoreau's life style emitted very little CO2. If everyone lived like Thoreau, there would be very little global warming. It is interesting that Christian Saints like St. Francis and Teresa of Avila lived very simply with little CO2 emissions. Buddhist monks try to live as simply as possible. Let us hope we find joy in emitting as little CO2 as possible…

  9. OMG! Of the gazillions of posts on Youtube only two on one of the most important intellects in the history of the U.S., perhaps history. We live in a controlled, sick, society. Guess I'll have to do one.

  10. For a short, inspiring read, check out '48 to Alaska and Back, the journey and the journal.
    It's a fictional story with adventure and soul.

  11. Hello, first of all, it is a clearly informative video about Thoreau whose ideas have fascinated me much and I’d like to say that the term “self-reliance” and some quotations such as “insist on yourself, never imitate” and “the civilized man, has builded a coach and lost the use of his feet” belong to the literary text “Self-reliance” written by Ralph Waldo Emerson not Henry David Thoreau.
    Thanks

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