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Back to Nature with the Ancestors

This week’s #52ancestors prompt is “Nature,” and who better to write about, than my 2nd cousin 5 times removed, Henry David Thoreau?

He was my 6th great grandmother’s great-grandson. He wrote

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862

Although he lived a relatively short life (to age 44), his influence was, and continues to be felt by many generations. He was ahead of his time, considering his views on civil disobedience and practice of yoga by westerners! Wikipedia lists a few of his contemporaries who lamented his views on “back to nature” as social progress in reverse. Today, no one would admit that preserving nature is a bad idea.