The reasons for this trip was to explore, to write, to find truth, to see the world, to help the world.
And as I had dinner tonight at a lovely vegan-friendly cafe, I read Thoreau's Civil Disobedience again. Everyone must read this. Here are a few of my favourite excerpts.
"The government is best which governments not at all."
"I ask for, not at once, no government, but at once, a better government."
"Can there be a government in which majorities do not virtually decide right and wrong, but conscience?"
"Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man have conscience, then? They are as likely to serve the devil, without intending to, as God."
"O for a man who is a man, and as my neighbour says, has a bone in his back which you cannot press your hand through!"
"Action from principal.
Perception from performance.
Diabolical from divine."
"Why does the government not cherish its wise minority?"
"But if it is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then i say, Break The Law. Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine."
"Any man more right than his neighbours constitutes a majority of one already."
"I know this well, that if one thousand men, if one hundred, if ten men who I could name - if ten honest men - ay, if ONE honest man in this state of Massachusetts, ceasing to hold slaves, were actually to withdraw from this corporation and be locked up in jail therefor, it would be the abolition of slavery in America. For it matters not how small the beginning might seem."
"The opportunities of living are diminished in proportion as what are called the 'means' are increased."
"Be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels not of trade, but of thought."
Oh Mr Thoreau!