UPDATE: I promised 200 quotes by Thoreau. Over the last week, it occurred to me ... that's a lot of quotes. Instead, I will explore Thoreau's influence in my life through a series of posts on different topics.
If you have followed my work than you know that I have explored the word "texture" outside of its traditional use (fabric, surfaces). The word texture is defined as "the feel, appearance, or consistency of a surface or a substance". I use the word "texture" (abbreviated "txtr") to explore the degree to which a human being (or even a group, organization, company) embraces and expresses their individuality.
I believe individuals have their own unique "texture" - a way of being in the world that is formed by genetics, influences, environment, and experiences. This "texture" can be expressed or suppressed. Individuals who express their individuality have a way of carrying themselves in the world that is unlike others. Those that suppress their individuality are more or less products of the cultural and societal currents of the day.
Despite repeated references to the "rugged individualism" of American society, most people look and act like most other people. Most people conform.
Except a few.