Something Thoreau wrote on June 16, 1854

“Suppose you have a small library, with pictures to adorn the walls – a garden laid out around – and contemplate scientific and literary pursuits, etc., etc., and discover suddenly that your villa, with all its contents, is located in hell, and that the justice of the peace is one of the devil’s angels, has a cloven foot and a forked tail – do not these things suddenly lose their value in your eyes? Are you not disposed to sell at a great sacrifice?”

He was a known tax protestor, but it is still fascinating that he was exploring deeply what government should be doing, that is to make life more valuable, at a time of relative harmony.

MG signing off (thinking old ideas are worth revisiting, even if history is doomed to ignorance)

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