The Value of Loafing

November 18, 2015

If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.

— Henry David Thoreau

2 Responses to “The Value of Loafing”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”
    ― Mahatma Gandhi

    “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
    ― Theodore Roosevelt

    “Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
    For strip-mined mountain’s majesty above the asphalt plain.
    America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
    And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.”
    ― George Carlin

    480 more quotes at

  2. That is an issue isn’t it. The more industrious and hard working an individual, the more likely they have contributed to the destruction of the biosphere. Unfortunately the wealth gained from this industriousness gives means to set the agenda.
    Until leaders appear from the ranks of those who appreciate nature, more of the same is the most likely scenario. Problem is, those not motivated by wealth and power are not going to seek such status.

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