The Vedas say, “All intelligences awake with the morning.” Poetry and art, and the fairest and most memorable of the actions of men, date from such an hour. All poets and heroes, like Memnon, are the children of Aurora, and emit their music at sunrise. To him whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps pace with the sun, the day is a perpetual morning. It matters not what the clocks say or the attitudes and labors of men. Morning is when I am awake and there is a dawn in me.Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Woke up this morning 20 minutes before the alarm went off and knew there was no point in going back to sleep.
Found myself pleased to be awake for some reason, even though I know I'm going to be tired later because I slept terribly.
Poem for the day, as a result.
I've been sneaking in some reading of Thoreau's mentor, Ralph Waldo Emerson.
He has such rich rhetoric. Not sure how much rigor there is there, but there is plenty of feeling.
It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
Emerson, Self-RelianceThe morning seems to be a good time to go back to beginnings, the way the sun rises yet again. It's a new day, but it is day again, as it always has been since the beginning of time.
The light is always identical in its composition, but it falls on a great variety of objects, and by so falling is first revealed to us, not in its own form, for it is formless, but in theirs; in like manner, thought only appears in the objects it classifies.
Emerson, The TranscendentalistI haven't spent much time with Emerson in the past. I've read some of his essays, but it was truly Thoreau who spoke to me decades ago, and set me on the path, in some ways, that I have always been pursuing. So I thought it would be good to go back and read Emerson because of his influence on Thoreau, the way I went back and read Gershom Carmichael when I was reading Adam Smith. Sometimes we have to go back to understand where we are. Morning seems a good time to do this.