July 12 2017 marked 200 years since the birth of modern-philosopher and author,Henry David Thoreau.
Thoreau, a member of the unnofficial Transcendentalist Movement in Concord Massachusetts, during the mid to late 1800s, believed in a contented solitary life amongst the wilderness of nature; he also introduced the first modern concept of minimalism, living with less.
Thoreau’s ‘Walden’ (or ‘Life in the Woods’), about living simply in a natural environment,was first published in 1854.
A side-note for you Dear Readers :the word ‘wald’ is German for forest/woods. German Poets and natural philosophers, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,had an influential impact on the future Transcendentalst Movement.
I’d like to believe that Thoreau was the quintessential instigator of the modern-nomadic lifestyle.