Thursday, April 3, 2014

“That thin stratum”


“The last two Tribunes I have not looked at. I have no time to read newspapers. If you chance to live and move and have your being in that thin stratum in which the events which make the news transpire,—thinner than the paper on which it is printed,—then these things will fill the world for you; but if you soar above or dive below that plane, you cannot remember nor be reminded of them.”
— Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), Journal, April 3, 1853.

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Well, I agree with Thoreau up to a point.

I do follow some of the news, though I’m very selective. Key world, national, and local events. Fine arts and music. No celebrity “news” or sporting news (other than professional cycling, with D). I confess that I ignore most environmental news because it breaks my heart.

Did he intend his journal for publication? Did he know how insufferably smug he seems at times?



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