Walden as My Present and Past Self
This is something that I have been meaning to write down for a while, but seeing as the end of the semester is fast approaching I feel that now would be the appropriate time.
The reason that I was first drawn to this class was because of my experience in Humanities 2, a required course for all Geneseo students, that I took with the same professor of this class Edward Gillin. It was in this class that I first read Walden.
At the time I knew I would be graduating in about a year’s time and I was not sure where I was going to go with my life. It seems like the perfect time for someone to find a book full of answers. That’s the reason that I found Walden to be so interesting, because rather than giving me answers it made me raise questions. I was inspired to ask questions from the “simple” such as what do I want, to the philosophical as in trying to understand what is actual knowledge. I personally feel that Thoreau would have hoped that his work would cause such a reaction. Walden inspired me take my own journey into the woods, although it wasn’t into seclusion. Personally I still find it amazing how ideas can influence a person’s life.
My journey into the woods was a bit less romantic that of Thoreau’s. It was an experience that I started out as an idealist but caused me to end up a bit more of a realist. When I think back on it I find it strange to see all of the changes I had made over one year. Returning to school again in the fall I became more of a person who looked for answers instead of questions, but reading Walden again I feel as though I am reaching towards a middle ground of looking for both.
Now we are soon to leave the winter chapters and move onto spring, just as we are leaving our own winter and it is interesting to be able to experience Walden as who I am now and to compare that to who I used to be.