Hello, I have recently read your theory on naturalselection and the Origin of Species.
Although each of usapproach life differently, for example your ambition being ona different level than mine and your formal learning morethan I feel is needed, I admire how much you have learnedfrom nature.I say that if one advances confidently in the direction ofhis dreams and endeavors to live the life which he hasimagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in commonhours. Although you weren’t a prominent scientist, you tookon the challenge of learning from nature, that which whatothers have not. You didn’t go on a scientific expedition orlive like all the other scientists, instead you boarded theboat, H.
M.S. Beagle, and brought with you only thenecessities. You learned more as an individual on that tripthan most scientists do with all their intricate tools. I, likeyou, gave up luxuries at a point in my life in order to livedeliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and seeif I could not learn what it had to teach, and not , when Icame to die, to discover that I had not lived.Following the advice of my friend Emerson, I, like you,went out and experienced nature as a transparent eyeball,observing as much as I could. I noticed the Pickerel under theice in the pond, I never pondered the possibility of thedifferent kinds of Pickerel to be originated from the samespecies.
When you were observing nature in the GalapagosIslands, you saw all the different types of plants and animalsand postulated that some of the different species of eachcame from a single ancestor.Emerson, whom I mentioned previously, says,”Greatgeniuses have the shortest biographies. Their cousins can tellyou nothing about them,” I believe that to be true in yourcase. You didn’t do much in terms of accomplishments andkept your accounts on the tip of your finger. But youraccomplishments that I can assume from your writings areastounding for you analization of nature. You achieved muchwithin your mind. It is not the fact that imports, but theimpression or effect of that fact on the mind.
Your ideas have affected many people. Contraversieshave arisen from religious people who strongly oppose theidea of evolution because it conflicts with their religiousbeliefs; yet also, it has affected others who believe in yourtheories or take them into perspective by changing theirreligious thoughts from blind faith to questioned faith. Unlikeconformist, you went in a direction that differed from whatwas okay being taught in the institutions of Christ. Youdecided not to just study nature in forms of reference booksbut, instead you went out to experience it.
Although I do nottotally agree with the way you lived your life, I applaud youon your accomplishments. Besides, if your followedeverything that I think is right and took the beliefs that Ihold that would not allow you to be your own person and beself reliant.Sincerely,Henry David Thoreau ————————————————————–