"I came into this world, not chiefly to make this a good
place to live in, but to live in it, be it good or bad."
Henry David Thoreau
(1817-1862) American author, poet, philosopher, polymath, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, and transcendentalist
Civil Disobedience (1849)
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We make of life what we will.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    I'm going to guess that Thoreau did not believe in "social engineering". Good on him!
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Well said J and Mike.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
    This probably makes the do-gooders scratch their heads. Aren't we supposed to be 'saving the world'? “ 'Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save those snails.' And the greatest arrogance of all: save the planet. What? Are these f@cking people kidding me? Save the planet, we don’t even know how to take care of ourselves yet. We haven’t learned how to care for one another, we’re gonna save the f@cking planet?" -- George Carlin
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Archer...thank you for that. Carlin is one of my all time favorites.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    What's even funnier are those who want to save the climate! WTF? The arrogance of these people is mind-blowing. They actually think that man has destroyed the climate and they are bound and determined to right that wrong. Talk about tilting at windmills. As for Henry David; he was not a realist, but an idealist. He was a square peg then, and he'd be one today. Of course, if we were all square pegs, then I suppose the world would have to adapt.
     -- GunnyCee, Durham     
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