The Artist of Kouroo, by Henry David Thoreau


Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. It is not important that he should mature as soon as an apple tree or an oak. Shall he turn his spring into summer?

I think it would be wonderful to record the whole of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, but on deeper reflection it occurs to me that the book isn’t exactly “short” and it’s not really “fiction,” which would rather defeat the purpose of this podcast. So today I’ll instead substitute the ancient Hindu tale of “The Artist of Kouroo”, which Thoreau included in his conclusion to Walden and which provides about the best short summary of his thinking you’re likely to find.

The Artist of Kouroo, by Henry David Thoreau {5:20}

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