This is our second podcast of the year. It is about an umbrella that is just a metal pole and shoots air in to the air which directs the water away from you and you stay dry.
The fallacy of philanthropy
“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root, and it may be that he who bestows the largest amount of time and money on the needy is doing the most by his mode of life to produce that misery which he strives in vain to relieve.”
In this quote he is saying that people need stop a problem at the base not the smaller problems. An example of this is all the homeless people in Massachusetts. They are most likely homeless because they don't have a job, so Thoreau suggests that you create jobs so that they can work and get there own money and do it for their own good so that they are the ones making the decisions about there life not you. Also I know that if you chop off the branch of a tree it will slowly grow back but if you cut it down there is no way for it to grow back. This also follows his quote because if you give some one a home and don't give them a job, they will son be back on the streets because you have not given them a way to stay in the house only a way for them to live there for a little bit. People need to realize that the only way to solve a problem is by taking it out at the root.
This is a quick clip of a barn that we are moving on to our property. The wall that you look at came down to day and is currently in pieces in our yard.
“I think that it would be better than this, for the students, or those who desire to be benefited by it, even to lay the foundation themselves.” -Thoreau
in this section of walden he talks about education and what it means to everybody. His main point is that people would benefit if they had to do the work them selves. For example if you were build your own house you would want to make sure that the walls stayed up, because if they fell you would be the only one to blame and you could make sure that you didn't hurt your self. If you were to be able to build a school that you could make the rules at, it would be the perfect school for you, but it. At not be the perfect school for some one else, that because they did not build it. If you could design a school it would probably be the best you can want. Since most people don't get to build a school there is almost never the perfect school for anyone because the school is perfect for the one who would build it. Every school will have something that you don't like. I am finding this at almost every school that I visit during the secondary school application process. Some school it's the location others it is that they don't offer wrestling or Latin. If you want to learn something and not forget it you have to do it with your hand and by your self. He talks about a boy who gets shown how to make a knife and a boy who makes one on his own. If you want to learn something you should be the one to teach your self what to do.
“No doubt another may also think for me; but it is not therefore desirable that he should do so to the exclusion of my thinking for myself…”
~ Henry David Thoreau
In this part of the book Thoreau talks about what he did for his experiment. He talks about going out into the woods at walden with an axe and building his house for no more than 30 dollars. That money was for the little things like the hinges, the windows and, the stuff like nails and screws that he needed. He built the hut by himself and lived there for two years. While there he went in to town and got his food and paper so he was not a complete hermit. The quote above is him saying that when you live by your self you realize that people often are doing everything for you. They bag your groceries, they do everything including building your house. When you build your own house you get to make all the choices and not have to pay other people to do it which is what Thoreau did when he payed 28 dollars for a 15 by 10 foot house
“Most men appear never to have considered what a house is, and are actually though needlessly poor all their lives because they think that they must have such a one as their neighbors have…”
In these sections of walden he is trying to explain that people don't need big fancy houses or 200 dollar suit coats which only make you be some who you aren't. When you get fancy clothes but you don't want to where them all the time you are only trying to hide who you are. You aren't letting other people see you for who you are. Clothes are just a way to cover up who you are. When he talks about shelter he compares what people have to the wigwams of the Native Americans. People think that having a bigger house helps them but they only are hurting themselves. They have to work for a long time before they can pay off the house so that they own it not the bank. You can build your own house for cheaper and make it exactly how you want it. People only think about not working to gain there own things. They only want to buy them and not work to earn what they have.