Henry David Thoreau was a pretty rad dude who spent his life waxing poetic about the merits of living a simple life rich with meaning. Thoreau was also one of the original naturalists, and his nature writing helped inspire modern-day environmentalism. As a member of the Transcendentalist movement, he advocated prescriptions for living based on spirituality, personal freedom, and a connection to the earth. His writings are so packed with meaning, that groups as disparate as the civil rights movement, the hippie revolution, and the national park system, have all been profoundly influenced by his work.
In honor of his birthday, we celebrate today as Simplicity Day. The holiday champions living a life of simplicity, best articulated from the mouth of Thoreau himself: "As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler."
So why not camp out in the woods, Mr. Thoreau-style? Suck out all the marrow of life as you strive for balance, become more in tune with nature, and enjoy the wonderfully simple things in honor of dear Mr. T.
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