The Good Life

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“There is some of the same fitness in a man’s building his own house that there is in a bird’s building its own nest. Who knows but if men constructed their dwelling, with their own hands, and provided food for themselves and their families simply and honestly enough, the poetic faculty would be universally developed, as birds universally sing when they are so engaged? But alas! we do like cowbirds and cuckoos, which lay their eggs in nests which other birds have built.”

Henry Thoreau, Walden 1854

Taken from “The Good Life – Helen and Scott nearing’s Sixty Years of Self-Sufficient Living.” Schocken Books, New York

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