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In Henry David Thoreaus infamous novel Walden we are shown endless paradoxes that stem from the authors deep and insightful views into natures universal connections with the human race Thoreau makes himself a quest of finding the meaning to our existence by investigating nature from different perspectives that our preoccupied society constantly overlooks Two of these perspectives are of viewing nature from a mountaintop or panoramic view and the other being from our own earthly foundations At other times watching from an observatory of some cliff or tree to telegraph any new arrival or waiting at evening on the hill-tops for the sky to fall that I might catch something though never caught much and that mannawise would dissolve again in the sun Thoreau 336 In this passage Thoreau tells us that he is searching for something but he is not sure of what it is exactly He states that he has taken refuge plenty of times at sites that are at high altitudes to try to see more clearly so that the answers of life can become more apparent He says he waits for the sky to fall which of course it cant but this tells me that he is looking for the unexpected or what hasnt been seen yet The word mannawise is a Thoreau original word I know by my own knowledge that manna is another word or prefix for earth so when he says that the mannawise would dissolve again in the sun I believe he is saying that his search has hit another rut without answers and so the sun sets and so does the earths responses of wisdom Let us settle ourselves and work and wedge our feet downward through the mud and slush of opinion and prejudice and tradition and delusion and appearance that alluvion which covers the globe through Paris and London through New York and Boston and Concord through church and state through poetry and philosophy
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