Henry David Thoreau was a philosopher for me atleast as people describe him as the social polymath of his age. The effectiveness of his writings, his views, find a inexorable significance in today’s social setting. The civil society movements in a sense took a large part of his vision for ex. Civil Disobedience Movement launched in India by Gandhiji was an immensely thoughtfully provocative step influenced by Thoreau. We are moving towards an age that reveres mavericks, a sort of cultural divide; a gap that can’t be filled, which burgeons an air of cynicism, developmental regressiveness, a vivid charm that excites youth to drive them to perpetuity of happiness (in disguise) in opioids, stimulants & hallucinogens, ruthless unwanted criticism, and ofcourse over-intelligence.
“Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.”
Just saw the film Prestige, and thought whether I could have made through my father’s toxic truth if given I was borden’s daughter. Innocence is something that embellishes in the distant corner of the film depicting a small girl going through a never-changing plot of life. A very philosophical (yet you may be amused) “fountain of dreamlike vicissitude” is what I could draw from a rather somewhat similar story of David Swan by Nathaniel Hawthorne who co-incidentally used to be a neighbour of Henry David Thoreau at some point of his lifetime. In that story, David Swan goes through ups and downs of his life without even knowing that he was the target of all three brutal emotions (or truth you can say) of life – Maternal bond, Loving a lovely girl, and Death at the hands of bandits. (Humorous Indeed !!) While all three successive events had been taking place, David was asleep just like the little girl in the Movie. The Analogy is difficult to look through because you are not even trying to look. It was easy to be fooled because you volunteered for it.
Sometimes Man should hold his nerve so as to grasp what is present before him/her. Tesla’s dialogue in the film – You’re familiar with the phrase “man’s reach exceeds his grasp”? It’s a lie: man’s grasp exceeds his nerve. It forwards an explanation in the denouement that we humans care to understand only that part which is devoid of critical thinking. Our grasp is much more than the demanding situation before us makes us to swallow. Frequent Changes around us is usually not digested but a slow and gradual change is unnoticeable like technology sector, industrial sector, the whole scientific arena is full of such exemplary notes.