Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I've been reading Thoreau lately, and this morning I came across this quote from his essay called "Walking": "To enjoy a thing exclusively is commonly to exclude yourself from the true enjoyment of it." I think of this often as I'm walking past the huge homes in my town. The residents own these homes "exclusively" (I am not free to wander across their property), but I wonder how many of them have a "true enjoyment" of it. Perhaps, just strolling past it, I actually enjoy their property more than they do.

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