Walden

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Walden

Reading the excerpt from Walden helped me appreciate life as it is.   The novel Walden, by Henry David Thoreau, is a day to day account of his experiences at Walden Pond.   Thoreau focused on the idea of a simple life and encouraged his readers to simplify their lives as he stated, “Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.”   It may have been easier to live by his theory of a simple life in the 1800’s as opposed to today because of the latest advancements in technology.   The American population has become very dependent on the luxuries of life (such as the computer, the car, the cell phone, etc.) that it would be more difficult to live and function without them.  
Thanks to the media and advertising, there is a constant race between people to obtain the latest technology or even fashion apparel.   For example; about a three weeks ago, a pair of Jordan sneakers, the Concords, were released in stores.   Almost every teenager in America battled to buy these sneakers.   It got way out of hand, to the point where a group of boys stabbed a young man just to steal his sneakers.   Thoreau’s idea of living a simple life should be taken more into consideration these days.   Unfortunately, that’s not the case.   The general public is more materialistic these days than ever and it would be very difficult to break them out of this habit.
Thoreau talked about how he once considered buying the Hollowell farm for himself but the purchase failed. Instead, he decided to live at Walden for a period of time, where he found joy and satisfaction in nature, truly opening his eyes to a more enjoyable and peaceful life, while most of society remained perpetually blind.   After his encounter with nature at Walden, he realized that a happy life is a simple life; one that is free of commitment.   He says, “As long as possible live free and...

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