As a college student bout 40 years ago, I read Walden; or, Life in the Woods, by Henry David Thoreau. Like most people of my generation, I spent many years out of the woods, behind a desk, on planes, in endless meetings. But, Thoreau’s message stuck. From it, I learned ideas like
- the importance of living deliberately
- your stuff will own you, not the other way around
- the true economics of Life
- self-sufficiency is both possible and desirable.
- the importance of living in and learning from nature.
After a career that paid well and exposed me to wealth and society, I have tried to live more simply and deliberately. In this excellent TED talk, Adam Baker does the best job that I’ve seen of recapturing Thoreau’s ideas for modern times. In the fragile, frenetic and uber-materialist world we live in, these ideas are more relevant than ever.
Inspiring experiences and memories are the rewards of a life well-lived. The stuff we accumulate gets in the way of real life.