I was reading Thoreau’s “Walking” this morning and found something interesting.

“So staying in the house, on the other hand, may produce a softness and smoothness, not to say thinness of skin, accompanied by an increased sensibility to certain impressions.”

It reminded me of people being offended on the internet. We all stay indoors mostly, connected to the world through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Has it made us more “thin skinned”? If we spent more time out in the world would we not worry so much if someone is flying a flag or going to the zoo?

I’m not advocating getting rid of your electronic world. I’m saying go out into the physical world and see it, experience it fully, and maybe even bring it back to the electronic world to share.


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