Nature–Nourishment for All Generations

      In this short excerpt from WALDEN, Henry David Thoreau marvels that the unusual light he witnessed one afternoon was not a one-time event but would happen again and again, cheering and reassuring future generations just as it had him. 

     Thoreau seems to me, like Walt Whitman, unusual in his sense of himself as part of a long flow of life, conscious of  those who will come later, as well as of those who went before.  I like his joy at the thought that those yet unborn will find the same nourishment he just experienced in the phenomenon he witnessed. 

     Thinking of future generations in this way seems to me a hopeful thing.–April Moore

“I was walking in a meadow, the source of a small brook, when the sun at last, just before setting, after a cold, gray day, reached a clear stratum in the horizon, and the softest, brightest morning sunight fell on the dry grass and on the stems of the trees in the opposite horizon and on the leaves of the shrub oaks on the hillside. . . . It was such a light as we could not have imagined a moment before, and the air also was so warm and serene that nothing was wanting to make a paradise of that meadow.  When we reflected that this was not a solitary phenomenon, never to happen again, but that it would happen forever and ever, an infinite number of evenings, and cheer and reassure the latest child that walked there, it was more glorious still. . . .”–Henry David Thoreau

One Response to “Nature–Nourishment for All Generations”

  1. Judy Says:

    I must find time to read WALDEN again one day. Thoreau’s observations, thoughts, language, and the timeliness of it all, are so important for our age. Thank you for sharing all the beautiful and profound writings you have discovered.

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