"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
Henry David Thoreau
Born in 1817, Henry David Thoreau was one of the most influential members of the transcendentalist movement. Transcendentalism was a philosophy that promoted self-reliance, intuition, and independence, and was heavily influenced by the European Romantic movement and Eastern religious texts.
Thoreau was a philosopher of nature and its relation to the human condition.
He wrote 2 major works that continue to shift perspective for many. "Walden Pond", fascinates those desiring a simpler life and deeper connection with nature
"Civil Disobedience" has inspired many leaders of protest movements around the world. This non-violent approach to political and social resistance has influenced American civil rights movement activist Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi, who helped India win independence from Great Britain, among many others.
I feel our greatest freedom exists within. Isn't it true that mentally we can create worlds, joys, solutions, buildings, disasters, recipes masterpieces, computers, relationships, etc.
We have the ability to create whatever we want within our hearts and minds, and we do; all the time, even while we sleep.