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Friday, July 12, 2013

"I will weave baskets; it is a thing which I can do."

Civil Disobedience:

All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong, with moral questions; and betting naturally accompanies it. The character of the voters is not staked. I cast my vote, perchance, as I think right; but I am not vitally concerned that that right should prevail. I am willing to leave it to the majority. Its obligation, therefore, never exceeds that of expediency. Even voting for the right is doing nothing for it. It is only expressing to men feebly your desire that it should prevail. A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance...

Walden:

I...had woven a kind of basket of a delicate texture, but I had not made it worth any one's while to buy them. Yet not the less, in my case, did I think it worth my while to weave them, and instead of studying how to make it worth men's while to buy my baskets, I studied rather how to avoid the necessity of selling them. The life which men praise and regard as successful is but one kind. Why should we exaggerate any one kind at the expense of the others?

Happy birthday, Mr Thoreau.

ntodd

PS--Here's my great-uncle's Walden-esque story.

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All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon

Zeph: "Is this a game of chance?"

Twillie "Not the way I play it, no,"

Even when you're playing checkers or backgammon you're a fool if you bet without understanding the game and how it can be rigged.

Posted by: Anthony McCarthy | Jul 12, 2013 11:00:28 AM

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