The writer Henry David Thoreau, unhappy with the violent changes that progressed in the mid- nineteenth century began to produce at home, went to live alone in the woods, in a cabin he built himself, to think of a personal strategy to keep him safe from that progress, which since then moved wildly and loomed as a real threat. It was the time when the maximum speed, the horse had been displaced by the speed of the train, it was a conveyance pulled by a machine that dispensed with animals, that is, of nature; and this situation made the train look Thoreau as the enemy of their life project.
“Men have become the tools of their tools,” the writer thinking about the ax, the shovel and the hammer, which were then essential tools to build a house and garden. Could not imagine, of course, the level of dependency of the computer would have us half a century later; a dependence that deserves this question in this pairing of man at the computer, the tool who is who?
Although it was a tough loner, Thoreau always left a chair at the door of his cabin, in the woods, in case any hiker wanted to stop and talk with him, and a young ever asked for a glass of water, the writer came to his cabin, came out with a soup ladle, which gave the astonished passer and then pointed to the lake to drink all the water he wanted.
Besides being one of the founding fathers of American literature, Thoreau was a philosopher, surveyor, naturalist, schoolmaster, manufacturer of pencils and making beads, was also the precursor of ecology.
The future looks especially black from Spain, a survey conducted in 20 countries to understand the perception that young people and adults have about future. According to this research, the future looks black from Europe: in France only 7 % believe that the world in which their children will live better lives, in Belgium is 13% and Spain 16%. Instead shining future for the group of emerging countries known as BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China); in China, for example, 81 % believe that the future will be better than the present.
The pessimistic view of the future and the levels of unhappiness European countries are experiencing, coupled with the economic meltdown and discredited rulers and politicians, invite us to think that we are on the wrong path. A community that produces unhappy and pessimistic people should review not only its institutions, including speech, which informs its citizens, what makes Europeans perceive that in the future there is little hope.
How is it possible that a person who was born in El Salvador, in Central America, with a multitude of shortcomings that most Europeans can not even imagine, is happier than a Frenchman, a Belgian or a Spanish? The key is precisely in this multitude of shortcomings: having little, if anything, can have it all, or at least have this hope; instead who has everything is always in danger of losing it.
His vision for the establishment acid and political correctness of the time, which differs very little from ours, can be savored in this sentence: “I can not but feel compassion when I hear a neat and nice looking man, sure, and apparently free and happy, talking about whether your furniture or are uninsured. ” What he proposed in the background this radical environmentalist was a simple life, approaching that stage of civilization where man lived yet integrated with nature, that time when people had not yet become ” the tool of their tools, “an approach that society 150 years ago was far enough, and we are, by quickly say, light years.