I have been working through classics of late; after reading the contemporary, 4 Hour Work Week, I felt the need to go back and read some classic essays and poetry. A free and simple book on Amazon for Kindle is "Walking" by Henry David Thoreau. It's been a really interesting read for me, about taking the time to walk and contemplate with none of the excess that comes with daily life. One of the quotes from my reading tonight was as follows:
[Speaking of America] "As a true patriot, I should be ashamed to think that Adam in paradise was more favorably situated on the whole than the backwoodsman in this country." ...
"... in Wildness is the preservation of the World."
Both things our current governments could learn a lot from is the haste in which they dispel the olden days of yesteryear, in search for the greatness of tomorrow; when all along the magnitude of the founding ideologies of America could still cornerstone our nations.
I'm not a "patriot" but seeing the paradigm through which the likes of Thoreau viewed the world, makes me wish we ardently pursued any favorable ideals with equal tenacity.
Until recently one of my greatest fears is that I am living a life of mediocrity, but it may now be that my subsequent generation will be entirely apathetic altogether.
In the meantime, I must find out what kind of man Thoreau would think I am.
"Which is the best man to deal with—he who knows nothing about a subject, and, what is extremely rare, knows that he knows nothing, or he who really knows something about it, but thinks that he knows all?"
Students of this era seem to have a lot of opinions with little research and substance to be able to defend their proposition. Which makes me fear what the economic state of America will look like in 20 years.
It is my feeling of responsibility to be passionate about something, anything, that will drive a country forward because without journeyman that have learned a trade and a skill that can revolutionize a generation.
What skills can you bring to the table? What can you passionately learn and master that you can monetize and deliver, something that solves a problem or makes life easier -- think outside the box.
Every day, write down something small that's an invention or a problem that needs solving. Push your brain to deliver results and force yourself to break a paradigm and think like no one else has before.
Just imagine what life would be like if we all didn't simply accept the status quo or mediocrity but instead always tried to think about the next step. When you begin to dwell in the apathy, in the comfort of today, you start to lose the cutting edge and persistence of a revolutionizing attitude.