Posts Tagged ‘thoreau’

Henry David Thoreau – Civil Disobedience (read by Mark Ruffalo)

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Many people are euphoric about Obama winning the election. What amazes me is the degree of excitement even in our country, Germany. I predict that next year when we are asked to the ballot box in order to vote for our own government, the excitement will be nowhere near as big as it was during the US election week. But at the moment people all over the world seem to believe that with the new President world peace will suddenly break out. (Christopher Hitchens warns of “the cousinhood of euphoria and hysteria” about this.) At the least, I am afraid that the the expectations of Obama are to high not for him to fail.

Over the last eight agonizing years, when we were not outraged, we Europeans have developed a tendency to lean back and smirk at what was going on in the US. This attitude has never been very becoming to us.

chanticleer (n.)

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

English is a language with an incredibly large pool of other languages adding to its lexicon. Probably the more languages you speak the more obvious the etymological analogies become. If you speak French this week’s word will be no trouble for you to figure out. Henry David Thoreau writes in his Walden:

As I have said, I do not propose to write an ode to dejection, but to brag as lustily as chanticleer in the morning, standing on his roost, if only to wake my neighbors up.” H. D. Thoreau, Walden, and Civil Disobedience, New York et al. 1986, p. 128.

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