Beyond Walden Pond
Illusion & Reality in Pursuit of the Simple Life
by A. J. Conyers
“Seek simplicity and distrust it.”
—A. N. Whitehead
A student stopped me briefly in the library for some friendly banter about the length of a reading assignment. (No, he was not complaining that it was too short.) Suddenly his gaze lifted just above my shoulder and focused on a small, inscribed marble rectangle in a garden, just on the other side of the window. “I couldn’t help noticing as we talked,” he said smiling, “the words of Thoreau.” Then, as if he had just found a bit of holy Scripture to refute his professor’s error . . .