• I'm an anarchist. When I live my beliefs, I get arrested.
  • mmmmm. I couldnt agree more..
  • I disagree because you can believe what you want but there will always be someone to disagree and for those people who disagree could be more or less or the same as those who agree with you. So you can only change your world and the people who love and agree with you. maybe you change someone else but not everyone.
  • He was exactly right. If you live your beliefs you stand up for what you believe in. This is how all great changes are made in the world from the American Revolution, when the colonists felt they were being mistreated so they tried to speak to the queen but when she wouldn't listen they had to act even more. They never gave up in what they believed in even though many said it was wrong. If you don't "live your beliefs" then nothing will ever change everyone will just be another machine, or like Thoreau said "wooden man."
  • Of course you can. We all create our own worlds.
  • I say some people's beliefs can turn the world right side up and some can turn the world upside down.
  • oooooo
  • 1) We have also to consider how Thoreau formed his beliefs and which beliefs he had. Thoreau was a Transcendentalist: "Among Transcendentalists' core beliefs was an ideal spiritual state that 'transcends' the physical and empirical and is only realized through the individual's intuition, rather than through the doctrines of established religions." "Thoreau in Walden spoke of the debt to the Vedic thought directly, as did other members of the movement: In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavat Geeta, since whose composition years of the gods have elapsed, and in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial; and I doubt if that philosophy is not to be referred to a previous state of existence, so remote is its sublimity from our conceptions. I lay down the book and go to my well for water, and lo! there I meet the servant of the Brahmin, priest of Brahma, and Vishnu and Indra, who still sits in his temple on the Ganges reading the Vedas, or dwells at the root of a tree with his crust and water-jug. I meet his servant come to draw water for his master, and our buckets as it were grate together in the same well. The pure Walden water is mingled with the sacred water of the Ganges." Source and further information: 2) "Thoreau was an early advocate of recreational hiking and canoeing, of conserving natural resources on private land, and of preserving wilderness as public land. Thoreau was also one of the first American supporters of Darwin's theory of evolution. He was not a strict vegetarian, though he said he preferred that diet and advocated it as a means of self-improvement. He wrote in Walden: "The practical objection to animal food in my case was its uncleanness; and besides, when I had caught and cleaned and cooked and eaten my fish, they seemed not to have fed me essentially. It was insignificant and unnecessary, and cost more than it came to. A little bread or a few potatoes would have done as well, with less trouble and filth." Thoreau neither rejected civilization nor fully embraced wilderness. Instead he sought a middle ground, the pastoral realm that integrates both nature and culture. The wildness he enjoyed was the nearby swamp or forest, and he preferred “partially cultivated country.” His idea of being “far in the recesses of the wilderness” of Maine was to “travel the logger’s path and the Indian trail,” but he also hiked on pristine untouched land. In the essay "Henry David Thoreau, Philosopher" Roderick Nash writes: "Thoreau left Concord in 1846 for the first of three trips to northern Maine. His expectations were high because he hoped to find genuine, primeval America. But contact with real wilderness in Maine affected him far differently than had the idea of wilderness in Concord. Instead of coming out of the woods with a deepened appreciation of the wilds, Thoreau felt a greater respect for civilization and realized the necessity of balance." On alcohol, Thoreau wrote: "I would fain keep sober always... I believe that water is the only drink for a wise man; wine is not so noble a liquor... Of all ebriosity, who does not prefer to be intoxicated by the air he breathes?"" Source and further information: 3) I like this way of forming one's own beliefs and I share also many of his views.
  • I say don't eat yellow snow;)
  • I say, "Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around." Thoreau's a bright guy.
  • Such platitudes make good sound bites- but are useless information. How much of the world did Thoreau turn around exactly?
  • What are your beliefs? What if you believe that you are superior to others? I truly believe in Psalm 37:10 which promises that the wicked will “be no more” and verse 11 states that the meek will inherit the earth. My goal is to be included amongst the meek and to help my family and as many as possible to understand the reality of the written word. Many people feel that meek is synonymous with weak and believe that it’s acceptable to prey on the innocent and vulnerable. Are not terrorists, molesters, extortionists “living their beliefs”?
  • it sounds true

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