September 6, 1847 Thoreau Leaves Walden Pond

 

 

I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.

Henry David Thoreau

 

 

Henry David Thoreau has always struck me as one of the most buffoonish and over-rated characters in American history. His aunt paying his taxes for him so his great tax protest over the Mexican War lasted all of one night, his accidental setting of a fire that consumed 300 acres of Walden woodlands, Thoreau contracting the tuberculosis that would kill him as a result of a middle of the night excursion to count tree rings and the pacifist Thoreau writing a pamphlet in which he claimed that John Brown, a murderer, embezzler, cattle thief and congenital liar, was humane are only a few of the many episodes in his life that are worthy of a great satirical novel. His vapid writings are best suited for college undergrads who have seen little of life and who have read few of the great philosophers.  I will cheerfully read the comments of any defender of Mr. Thoreau who wishes to respond.

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