Money and Work
Common sense is common but not everybody has it. In the chapter “Money and Work”, Thoreau explains that although money can buy things, money isn’t everything.Thoreau explores that life is too precious to spend working. You will only get things done in life, if you put action to it. The entire chapter is him going over the cost of things and how he was able to pay as little as possible. Thoreau tells us that he was able to get by in this world by doing the bare minimum and not working to his fullest ability.“For more than five years I maintained myself thus solely by the labor of my hands, and I found that, by working about six weeks in a year, I could meet all the expenses of living.”If we were to apply this to life today, our lives would be so much easier, but wouldn’t be nearly as enjoyable or pleasing. We are so dependent and reliable on the everyday privileges we have that Thoreau’s way of life wouldn’t feel comfortable to us. This also relates to a previous chapter about necessities which isn’t even imaginable to most of modern society. Henry David Thoreau knew the real way to live. Only if we were nearly as knowledgeable.