I only need a few things in my life. Henry David Thoreau said you technically only need food, shelter, clothes, and fuel. Though this is true, even Thoreau couldn’t pull this off for more than a year. I think that companionship and entertainment are just as important as any of the other things that Thoreau listed. It has been noted by human historians that the thing that sets humans apart from other creatures, is not just that they are just “smart” but it is hoot they communicate with each other. Without regular companionship I would surely go crazy in just a few weeks, like a lone penguin left behind by the group. Paul Tillich said, “Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone.” This makes perfect sense to me. Thoreau glorifies the solitude of the cabin, even though he went to town every day to avoid going crazy. I think strength of mind, and not just body, should be known as an absolute necessity.