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How can this quote be related to modern life:  "I learned this, at least, by my...

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enoteshmalik | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 25, 2011 at 12:09 PM via web

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How can this quote be related to modern life:  "I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams,and endeavors to live the life ...which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 25, 2011 at 8:12 PM (Answer #1)

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I think that the modern implications of Thoreau's quote is rooted in the idea that individuals must listen to their own sense of voice.  Thoreau is zealous about the idea that individuals break free from conformist notions of the good.  I think that this holds much in way of modern implications.  The first would be that individuals, in the modern setting, have freedom and have to use it in term of moving "confidently in the direction of dreams."  With the proliferation of information technology and so much in terms of a globalized world, Thoreau's quote stresses the need to utilize the freedom intrinsic to this setting in order to find happiness.  Another modern implication of the quote is the idea that freedom is an "experiment."  I think that with the emergence of so much in way of opportunity for individuals, there has to be a sense of excitement in the notion of the "experiment" in which individuals understand that their freedom is not something to be subjugated for the voices of others.  Rather, their own sense of freedom has to be revered, seen as a type of "experiment" in which they take chances and risks with who they are and what they envision about themselves in the modern setting.


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