“Mine was, as it were, the connecting link between wild and cultivated fields; as some states are civilized, and others half-civilized, and others savage or barbarous, so my field was, though not in a bad sense, a half-cultivated field.” —Henry David Thoreau, “The Bean Field,” Walden
Thoreau has an amazing ability to re-frame just about anything. Imagine his skills in the hands of a marketing executive or shady politician!
Instead of a poorly-weeded garden, he has the missing link between nature and agriculture! With his poet’s eye he’s become so adept at looking at things in a new way that it becomes a form of play, fuel for his dry sense of humor.
(About “A Year in Walden”)