“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
– Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau encourages us to look past and through what is visible in order to create a greater and often more personalized vision for ourselves.
An artist looks at regular objects and transforms them into art using his unique talent and vision.
Humanists look at the world around them and see ways of understanding it.
Engineers look at raw materials and see ways of turning them into physical improvements.
Thoreau urges each of us to use our skills and talents to create visions for ourselves by exchanging a look for sight.