Quote of the Day

From Robert Richardson's Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind on self reliance:

The danger in setting society at a higher value than the individual, the trouble with encouraging people to identify themselves primarily with some group, was that it then became easy to transfer the blame for one's own shortcomings to that group. If one looked to society for one's identity and one's satisfactions, then surely society should be held accountable for one's dissatisfactions, lack of identity, alienation. Emerson had already set himself against this view, and Thoreau was now thinking along the same line.

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Posted: June 24th, 2010
at 3:28pm by Koookiecrumbles


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