manners of the bear
...Thoreau's Journal: 13-May-1852

Where are the men who dwell in thought? Talk,—that is palaver! at which men hurrah and clap! The manners of the bear are so far good that he does not pay you any compliments.


michael jameson said...

there are men who dwell in thought! and some are here now to learn from you and pay tribute!,but there will always be men of talk who spout on the spur just for the sake of talking.we are a people that need to communicate and express ourselves,yet some can talk for hours and say nothing!we find some men of thought that say little!, there is no answer except,we are mankind. michael jameson oldantiqueguy@hotmail.com

Earthling said...

In Thoreau's day, the telegraph was a new tool of technology for the use of communication. In the decades to come, this has expanded to the telephone, the radio, the television, and today, of course, the ever-ubiquitous Internet, mobile phones and various hand-held devices. We have available to us so many ways of communicating with anyone, at any time, in practically any place. But what exactly is being communicated?

For all the great things the Internet makes availble for us (like this wonderful blog!) and the advantages the Internet brings to so many people, it has largely brought about only superficial changes in our communication with one another-- it is only an additional distraction which leads us only further from "the examined life."

Today we could slightly alter Thoreau's axiom in "Life Without Principle": "In proportion as our inward life fails, we go more constantly and desperately to the Internet."