things aren't what they seem..makes no sense at all...
"But when finally everything is overcome and attained, nothing can ever be gained but deliverance from some suffering or some desire, so that we find ourselves just as we were before its onslaught.
Only the yearning - that is, pain - is ever given to us directly. But gratification and pleasure we can know only indirectly, by remembering the suffering and deprivation which preceded them, and then gave way to gratification and pleasure."
I definitely had a hysterical episode while reading Walden. Thoreau drives me batty. In the midst of reading, I started laughing until tears came, screaming, “He doesn’t even LIKE beans!” (This makes more sense if you understand that the fucker has an entire chapter entitled “The Bean-Field.”)