Walking

In Thoreau’s essay “Walking” he talks about how knowledge is power and his thoughts on it. He believes that there is a “knowledge useful in a higher sense” called “Beautiful Knowledge” which is like a “robbing of our actual ignorance” (Thoreau 282). From what I understand, he’s saying that all knowledge is ignorance and all ignorance is knowledge in a way if you look at it from a certain perspective. “A man’s ignorance sometimes is not only useful, but beautiful-“, and so from that we can understand that not having any knowledge can be a good thing because the less we know the more there is to learn but thinking too much can change the way we live. Tuan in his “Epilogue” chapter believes this.
Tuan stats that “Analytical thought has transformed our physical and social environment…we are so impressed that to us “knowing” is practically identical with “knowing about” and Lord Kelvin has gone so far as to say that we do not really know anything unless we can also measure it” (Tuan 200). Tuan believes similarly to Thoreau that you don’t really need all the knowledge in the world because it’s not always the best thing. It’s healthy for a person to be ignorant of things because knowing too much “increase[s] the burden of awareness” (Tuan 201) on people. We eventually begin to overthink things and form clichés in our actions and words by taking example from the people who formed the knowledge for us. Seeking knowledge is good but staying ignorant is beautiful because its more natural for us to do so.

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