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The Art of Seeing

How Thoreau improved my vision

Photo by Harry Quan on Unsplash

I thought my vision was pretty good. Not quite 20–20, but close. Then I read Thoreau.

Yes, that Thoreau. Forget what you may have read by or about the “hermit Concord.” He is misunderstood. His experiment on Walden Pond was about seeing. All the rest — the solitude, the simplicity — were means to this end.

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Eric Weiner

Eric Weiner

Philosophical Traveler. Recovering Malcontent. Author of four books, including my latest: “The Socrates Express.”