So obvious yet so profound

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"The universe is wider than our views of it." (ch. 18 - 1)

I wonder if Thoreau mean this statement to be as profound as it can be taken. Sure it is obvious that something so large as the universe is wider than our views of it, but do we really remember that in our day to day lives, existing with in it? He begins this chapter talking about many different locations and how animals travel the country, and the journey the wild geese take from the far north to the south but all of these locations are nothing in length when compared to the sheer size of the entire universe, even the world. This got me thinking of the differences in the perceived size of the universe from Thoreau's time and ours. It' almost like, by making this statement, he was somewhat aware of the vast discovery of the world and space that would be made.

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