11.23.2013

proportion of the unknown
...Thoreau's Journal: 23-Nov-1860

Most of us are still related to our native fields as the navigator to undiscovered islands in the sea. We can any autumn discover a new fruit there which will surprise us by its beauty or sweetness. So long as I saw one or two kinds of berries in my walks whose names I did not know, the proportion of the unknown seemed indefinitely if not infinitely great.

4 comments:

Jenny said...

Just thought you might be interested in an interview on the brand new publication of Thoreau's Journal by New York Review Books Classics. I speak with the editor, Edwin Frank, on ThoughtCast:
http://www.thoughtcast.org/thoughtcast-shorts/the-journal-of-henry-david-thoreau/
Lemme know what you think!
Cheers,
Jenny

Lil said...

Just discussed yesterday with our six teenagers what tomorrow might look like/how the world would be in about 30 years.

Future always brings new and unknown "plants/fields".

Will we estimate future "plants" by comparing them to our "older field thoughts" ?

Are older fields and known plants always that bad ?

Are new things always good only because we are in a way thrilled by them?

michael jameson said...

discover few lose many, a species programmed to kill that knows its going to die anyway! what went wrong? or is it the psychologists view, man cannot grasp the brainwashing taking place?

vanjulio said...

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20827884.700-galactic-illusion-helps-refine-dark-energy-abundance.html