It’s greed, the constant desire of people to seek more and more of material things
for the money, he laments in this entry in his journal of January 21, 1852, made at age 34:
This winter they are cutting down our woods more seriously than ever,—Fair Haven Hill, Walden, Linnaea Borealis Wood, etc. etc. Thank God they cannot cut down the clouds!
(Quoted from page 106 of The Journal: 1837-1861, by Henry David Thoreau, Damion Searls editor, New York Review Books, 2009.)
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