Immortality on Friday Noon?

Mists on the Riverss

Prompted by Lyman Mower’s post, let me freelance a bit about ‘living in the present’ and ‘memorializing instincts’ and seeking a ‘deep history.’ 

There is no doubt that Thoreau (among other of our favorite sages) values living in the present.  Where else could we live, anyway?  Well, I suppose we could obsess on what comes tomorrow or the next day or on that goal way down the road.  We find little of that in Thoreau — living in the future at the expense of the here and now.  And I suppose we could obsess on yesterday and last year and crimes (or glories) of centuries ago, to the neglect of living here and now.  Without neglecting the present, Thoreau seeks deep history.  He starts A Week bringing Concord River into the company of the ancient Nile, and he memorializes the ‘extinct race’ that once fished in Concord River (known earlier…

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